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Demonstrators gather to support Mountain View Whisman teachers union in contract dispute with school district

Original post made on Feb 18, 2022

Dozens of teachers, parents and students rallied at the corner of Castro Street and El Camino Real Thursday afternoon to support the Mountain View Whisman teachers union in its contract negotiations with the school district.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 18, 2022, 1:47 PM

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Posted by ConsiderReality
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 18, 2022 at 3:59 pm

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The teacher's union should have been thinking about this before they:
A. Demanded remote learning
B. Demanded to be first in line for vaccines, then
C. Still considered not going to school in the fall

Hey, teachers -- maybe pick a better union. And actually think about the kids.

Posted by Frank Richards
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 18, 2022 at 4:38 pm

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I doubt ConsiderReality has any kids in the school district, since they seem completely detached from the reality of how the community feels about our teachers and the safety of all the students and staff.

Keep up the great work, MVWSD teachers!

Posted by BortSimpson
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 18, 2022 at 5:31 pm

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Frank has it right. If ConsiderReality has kids in the district I would be absolutely shocked.

"Demanding" to not get sick at a job is... a minimum ask? You know, not dying for your job? I know having kids at home was hard for our family, but maybe... a small taste of what teaching is like. It's damned hard work. Pay the teachers fairly.

And I've learned that MVWSD has, by far, the highest turnover of teachers versus comparable local districts. Why might that be? Follow up obvious question: Are teachers leaving the district good for the community? Is that sustainable?

And just basic math: getting a 4% raise with 7% interest. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 19, 2022 at 3:02 pm

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IMO the teachers union has a 1)square take on the Extra Hours required at School Site after-school issue. This is not regular teacher duty -but-on-demand hours. Sort of like Over-time/hazard pay. It is not the same as regular teacher lesson prep (mostly done at home) or correcting papers (mostly done at home) or teacher training/collaboration on 'short Thursdays'.
2) half a square on class-size reduction / this will only make a difference for students IF Done drastically (1/2 size) with students one or two years behind grade [teacher productivity research over last 2 decades]

@Bort - the average length of teacher employment at MVWSD is about* 1/4 short of the Santa Clara Co. ave (-2yr/8yr) and about the same short for the MVWSD's list of comparable elementary-only districts. MVWSD's is 8 yr, the county ave is 10 yr (the state is 12 yr!).
ref. (California Department of Education partner)

* or another way 1/5 less,
2yr less than the 10 yr (Co. avg) is 2yr/10yr = 1/5 = 20%

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