Tag Archive for Ken Maddox

The Quest to Remake Capistrano Unified: A Parent’s Perspective

I came to this conclusion after watching the campaign by the current trustees to impose an agenda that in my view that forgot what they were elected: to serve the Children of the District. It began when I went out to a Community Meet and Greet organized by Capistrano’s Children First to start making inroads within the Community earlier in the year. I got a real sense of where things were when I saw the District go on strike. I joined the teachers on the picket lines to underscore how the Community was with them. In my conversations with them, I wanted them to realize that times were tough and the budget deficit at hand.

Gary Pritchard to run for CUSD School Board

We jumped the gun on this yesterday, so our apologies to Gary.  But it doesn’t lessen his message or effectiveness. You’d be hard pressed to find a candidate for any office in any city in Orange County more dedicated to education than Gary Pritchard. So for voters who truly care about quality education in Capistrano…

A Final Word from the CUSD Picket Lines

A last word from our striking teacher. “Well, its over. The tentative agreement wasn’t the best, but under the circumstances it was probably the best that could be achieved with such an intractable, obstinate board. Some teachers are overjoyed, while others are frankly upset. I think the devil is in the details. It’s a three…

Another Report from the Frontlines at CUSD’s Teacher Strike

Attendance on the line was down in some ways, and up in others. Some teachers had their layoff hearings today and couldn’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.

The Devil in the Details of the CUSD Strike

I’ve been writing about Capistrano Unified School District and the struggles with our current Board of Trustees. The teachers went on strike Thursday even as talks began regarding the contract imposed by the CUSD Board of Trustees.

The details are important because they seem to be getting lost in translation between the media, the administration, the union and the parents. The issue is that Teachers are willing to take pay cuts, they just don’t want them to be permanent. There are other issues as well, which I’ve written about but the real issue is the board, who funded their race and the ultimate goal of a number of organizations to privatize our public education system.