(Photo: LiberalOC blogger Heather Pritchard and AD-70 candidate Melissa Fox join striking CUSD teachers on the picket line.)
Another day on the line…
We were treated to free hot dogs by the Orange County Employees Association. They just showed up with a van and cookers and served us!
They also see the writing on the wall – if this board wins, then its the end of collective bargaining in our state. We give them our thanks.
Several of our teachers were interviewed on camera, again. And, Chris Korpi, head of the campaign to recall two of our so-called trustees, was on KFI 640 this morning at 7:30. The recall campaign and CUEA are separate entities, so Mr. Korpi couldnt’ speak for us. He did, however, explain a lot about the insanity that has gripped our district since the current “reform” board seized power. The more press interest in our board and its antics, like rewarding nice out of court settlements to their campaign supporters and contributors, the better!
Nothing major happened today. Several of us from ANHS went to Reilly Elementary School to help out. It seems some parents there, at Vista Del Mar Elementary School, and and Bergeson Elementary School, have been behavingÂ badly. Not all, to be sure, and many, many are supportive of us. However, some have been verbally abusive, throwing food and one or two spitting at striking teachers. One wonders why California has a teacher shortage. We’ll be around tomorrow to offer our further support to our elementary school teachers.
At the high schools, we have over one hundred teachers, so no one really abuses us (except Scabzilla, from the first day of striking, of course). The smaller elementary schools, however, have smaller faculties.
There was a rally at Saddleback College afterwards. A board meeting occurs tonight, and negotiations continue, albeit at a snail’s pace. The board appears as intractable as ever. One funny thing has arose. Well, funny but not so funny. UPS has placed a hold on CUSD, and is refusing to cross our picket lines and make deliveries, including A.P. exams.
Heaven forbid we’re still on strike in a week’s time when A.P. tests start, but its possible that if we are, and I’m willing to take that stand, some school may not be able to administer advanced placement tests!
Â More tomorrow…