Editor’s note: This is a front line report on today’s CUSD strike from a CUSD teacher; we’re protecting the writer’s identity so the district doesn’t go after this person onc ethe dispute is resolved. We encourage any striking teacher or CUSD parent to comment to this post and tell us what you’re hearing and how you feel about how your CUSD school board is handling this crisis.
Attendance on the line was down in some ways, and up in others. Some teachers had their layoff hearings today and couldnâ€™t be there, but on the bright side, several teachers who worked yesterday came out and struck with us today – awesome! Think about that – teachers who are under risk of being laid off are striking. This should indicate just how serious this whole strike is to the future of our profession.
It’s hard walking the line, but weâ€™re still feeling good and spirits overall are high. Several of our teachers were interviewed by TV reporters, plus many teachers from other schools have been on the air.
Several of the scabs were aggressive with their vehicles, one trying to bump striking teachers. You can legally walk across an entryway or driveway without immediately yielding to a vehicle. After all, in driverâ€™s education I was taught that the pedestrian always had the right of way. Some of these strikebreakers need to learn that. Fortunately, no replacement sub (scab) flew into a tirade today and rear ended a parent today, unlike yesterday. We heard through the grapevine that said scab was fired. We were also told that he might be an athletic coach at a local private school. If true, a guy with that temper is the last person who should be working with kids. Way to properlyÂ vet your scabs, Board of Trustees.
Attendance is extremely low. Aliso Niguel only had 295 students show up for classes, if you can call them classes. We were told that two other high schools were all but shut down due to lack of attendance.
Iâ€™ll give you an example of just how bad it is with our students under the tutelage of these scabs: one student brought in his Xbox, reportedly, and played it in â€œclass.â€ Apparently, nothing else was going on, so the scab just let it happen. It wasnâ€™t as if the scab could actually teach.
The work packet the kids were given was as bad as advertised. A student showed it to me. They were able to do a crossword puzzle and figure out how to buy a used car, amongst other things. Yeah, and this from a district that told its principals last year to expect a strike? I would love to know which idiot wrote that lesson packet up. Better yet, I would love to watch him or her defend it to the public.
Parent and student support remains super. Weâ€™re getting so much free food from them that its becoming embarrassing. Whether one likes the idea of a teacher strike or not, people are becoming very united in their dislike of our Board of Trustees. Passers-by and parents were signing recall petitions like hot cakes.
Two of our trustees (Maddox and Winsten) are up for recall thanks to parent groups, and weâ€™re more than happy to assist! This board is dominated if not controlled by the Education Alliances, and even the less-savvy in the community are (hopefully) starting to catch on. I think they are. I also believe that this board knows that theyâ€™re all but gone come the November election and recall; they may attempt to damage public education as much as possible before then, a chilling thought.
The board’s negotiators and CUEA are speaking tonight. At a lunchtime rally, our CUEA president reminded us that this is the first time the union and board negotiators have met in nine months. Nine months. That is truly a telling comment on how intractable this board has been. They declared a bargaining impasse after just six hours of so-called bargaining nine months ago. The truth is, they never intended to negotiate in good faith; it was an, “Our way or the highway approach.”
Everyone wants this labor dispute settled.Â Except forÂ the board.