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Lodi Unified School District board chooses George Neely as new president, sets informal meeting with classified union

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George Neely

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Wed Dec 15, 2010.

Outspoken district critic and new trustee George Neely was voted by his peers president of the Lodi Unified School District board Tuesday. He will conduct each meeting and informally act as the board’s spokesman.

“Let’s get it done,” Neely said, shortly after being seated and echoing the audience chants regarding stalled negotiations.

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36 comments:

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 6:46 pm on Mon, Dec 20, 2010.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    As far as the CTA not knowing who Saul Alinsky is, no- the union people do not go up to unsuspecting people and tell them they have a Communist agenda, and would you like to join us? I have a wonderful, naive, liberal sister back East who I visited last summer. I looked at her calendar on her refrigerator for the month of August and guess what was there? A remake of a 1940's union poster with the words "educate, organize, agitate" I asked her if she knew what the saying was from (she had gotten the calendar as a gift from some "social justice" organization) and I asked her if she ever heard of Saul Alinsky...She replied "Saul who?" Their agenda is being funded by people like her who have no clue of what they are supporting. And yes, I hope that Glenn Beck is crazy- and he begs for people to call him and declare him a liar. They never do- I have gone out of my way to read every negative article I can find on him, and I have heard him called an actor ( he cries often) a money driven fraud, but never a liar...If he was lying, why has he not been sued for slander? Because he sure does spill the beans about a lot of people associated with this administration, and not in generalities.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:32 pm on Mon, Dec 20, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Kim... I meet so many that are in situations like yours. I wish you Merry Christmas and empathize with what you are going through. Even though it is hard, in the end you are the lucky one that gets to experience hardship. Catholics thought me that people who suffer and go through pain, normally have ability to relate and empathize with others who have problems, and are motivated to do something about it. The way you described you and your husband’s situation is exactly why It seems so petty for state workers or teachers to complain about a 2% pay cut, guaranteed everything else… so to you, take care and enjoy the journey and wisdom you develop through it all…

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 10:20 am on Mon, Dec 20, 2010.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Jeff, you can't be all bad- you know who Glenn Beck is! And if you must know, I have been reduced from 40 hours a week to between 24- 32. My company has not contributed to our profit sharing for 4 years now, because there is no profit. My probability of having a job in the next 6 months, under the current conditions, are about 50/50. My vacation pay has been taken away and I have no sick time or paid holidays. I work in the private sector so I don't have a guaranteed "anything". My husband's business is hanging on by a thread. But yes I fervently agree with you that administrative personnel should feel the pain too- absolutely.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:13 pm on Sun, Dec 19, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    HoneyMars posted at 8:46 am… LEA does not act like SEIU so get over it…
    Honeymars makes an accurate statement. LEA does not act like SEIU… I for one, couldn’t agree more, however, to me, a more important statement would be that LEA members (the teachers), act nothing like or even similar to SEIU union members.

    Most teachers are doing what they do because they love what they do, which is to educate children so that they can reach their full potential. They work very hard to achieve that end. No question… (SEIU) members appear bitter and do not love the work the do, and participate in violent behaviors at times.

    So no comment on any blog here is in reference to teachers. It is about the system that controls the parameters and ability of teachers to maximize the potential desired. The unions themselves exist for a completely different objective. They have a legal obligation to focus on the best interests of their members mainly concerning salary, benefits and working conditions. It has no interests in the best interests of anything else.

    Personally, I think the union hurts the teachers more than helps. But for argument sakes, let me assume I am wrong; that the union enity is good in nature and helpful to its members. In that case, there is a real problem here. That is, the parents and students have no union to represent their interests. That means LEA has an unfair advantage as the school board must negotiate with LEA and consider what they want for their members. However, the school board has no legal obligation to negotiate and bargain with the parents and students for what they want. Where is the equity in that system? Any argument that the union is negotiating for the interests of the students and parents is fantasy, as the union represents dues paying members. Students and parents pay no dues to the union.

     
  • Honey Mars posted at 8:46 am on Sat, Dec 18, 2010.

    Honey Mars Posts: 20

    LEA does not act like SEIU so get over it.

     
  • Honey Mars posted at 8:44 am on Sat, Dec 18, 2010.

    Honey Mars Posts: 20

    LOL I can see that no one here really has any idea what the district does with the money, nor understands the thinking of the teachers. The Lodi teachers, and I have watched them, do NOT work on the "Alinsky" mantra. CTA, and it's leadership may work off that but I have not heard teachers talking about the leadership in any great way.

    Yes, education is a service industry, and mostly salaries will make up a big chunk of the budget. But a long time ago, there were factories in the U.S., and labor made up a big chunk of their budget too, and the stockholders complained about it.. So they moved their factories to other countries, and Americans lost jobs.

    So now you whiners are like the stockholders.

    The teachers in Lodi have been fighting, first Huyett and then Douglas, over their wasteful spending on useless programs for years. Where were you then????? Definitely did not go to all the board meetings.

    In fact, Ms. P, you were told by someone that in order to understand what was going on in LUSD, you would have to make a habit of attending meetings, and not just one. That person could have given you good information too but you ignored that person. And being some tea party leader, you should have done it but you didn't. Now you want to attack the teachers?

    Teachers in LUSD have been screaming to make changes but were ignored by Douglas and the Douglas controlled board. And you weren't there to hear it? Your tough luck, go blame someone else.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:16 am on Sat, Dec 18, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    • Peter Iturraran posted at 7:10…Darrell, Darrell blah blah blah i know everything blah blah…

    Hey Peter, great response!!!. Based on the value of your thoughtful content, you must be satisfied with the existing school system. I think the first change I would implement in the school system is to abolish tenure so teachers who simply have a Blah blah attitude and thinks they know everything like you indicate, could be quickly fired. That is a change that would benefit our children. I would ask you what you think, but ... I know …you already know everything…

     
  • Peter Iturraran posted at 7:10 pm on Fri, Dec 17, 2010.

    Peter Iturraran Posts: 4

    Darrell, Darrell blah blah blah i know everything blah blah

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:15 pm on Fri, Dec 17, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Peter Iturraran posted at 10:04 ...Thank you Jeff. I grow tired of Darrell Baum"Becks" comments on everything..


    So Peter... snide remarks are all your interested in????? I assume you think my ideas and thoughts are worth your attempt to discredit. . I find it mentally lazy and insulting to yourself to put someone down by trying to Link a person with a controversial figure to discredit his thoughts or ideas. I am not Beck, do not follow Beck and do not care what he says and does. I care about change. I think the school system needs to be changed as it could be much better. Is it these kind of ideas that you are tired of? if so, why?... get in the debate instead of hiding and offering no solution. I would be more interested in why you disagree with my thoughts and ideas instead of just trying to discredit me by linking me to Beck. Tell everyone how I am wrong and why instead of hiding.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:04 pm on Fri, Dec 17, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jeff, since I thought you were simply being rude and since it is such an obvious thing to consider (restructuring the school system)…, are you really serious about wanting and answer. Are you saying that the school system is already structured in the most efficient economic manner? Are you saying that there are no ways to restructure things so that we can save money so that more can be done for our children? Off the top of my head, just a few obvious items, the way books are bought, the prevailing wage requirements that schools must adhere to which adds tremendous cost(charter schools have that advantage), the way in which teachers get their retirement, change it to a 401 k system instead of a defined benefit plan… maybe administrators and teachers should have social security just like most people…that alone would save billions? Maybe all administrators at all school districts could be hired in a different way where they are paid by the hour… maybe administrator should not get a more income than teachers. Maybe there should be less administrators in the system and less expensive buildings to house them. Maybe the system could be changed so that is it not mandatory to go to school after 8th grade…have you ever been to China… there, many teachers live on campus for free, so they are available to their students at night for study groups (their children benefit from that). I think it would be worth every person’s time to debate and discuss how to change and improve the system so that children can benefit. Are you satisfied with a 35% failure rate of high school students? Shouldn’t we strive to do better rather than accept what is going on? There are so many things to consider and debate, that your question is insulting and comical if you are serious about asking it. Are you for real? Sounds like you are just trying to pick a fight. You and Doug are belligerent and derogatory. You accuse me of all sorts of things, yet offer nothing but confrontational tone and snide remarks. Have I publically called you names… I say you are mistaken; you call me a liar and an a**…. I’m calling you out… name 10 things I have lied about since you state that I lie often and easily. Since I have not lied, I know for a fact that it is not possible for you to find one item I lied about. It is you that are ridiculous and thoughtless. I am not in the education system and I am sure that many people who are could restructure the system if they wanted in a much better way that I could. I do not claim to have the best answers. That’s why I stated that people like George Neely are in a much better position and have more knowledge than someone like me. But at least I suggested change to the system. You request that I offer the solutions shows your desire to be part of the problem instead of part of the solution. I am not the best man or even qualified to give great solutions, educators should be doing that. I assume you are an educator… or connected to the education system… so you and others like you should lead the charge. In stead, all you want to be is say… How could changing the system help? Your question should be most insulting to educators. May I ask, are their any educators out there that agree that the system should be changed? Maybe I am wrong. Maybe educators are satisfied with the current system. I am not.
    Unless you apologize and stop with the testosterone confrontational thing you are doing… I will not consider responding to you again.

     
  • Peter Iturraran posted at 10:04 am on Fri, Dec 17, 2010.

    Peter Iturraran Posts: 4

    Thank you Jeff. I grow tired of Darrell Baum"Becks" comments on everything..

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 7:24 am on Fri, Dec 17, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    So the questions still stand...no, you haven't answered either one...

    'So what 'more effective funding' 'should' be utilized?

    And how would 'a restructure of the education system' reduce the budget?'

    I guess in the latter, I was asking what kind of restructure are you looking for?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:30 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Doug...lets leave it that you know best, that whatever intelligence I may have is artificial somehow (as you state below), and that I am naive...and a coward... who am I to disagree with your wisdom.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:33 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jeff and Doug, I am sorry you cannot comprehend my answers...my skill in communication is obviously lacking…and Jeff, in my opinion, you did portray yourself as objective when you stated… “you wanted to keep me and Craig honest about his comments… but that was my opinion… you are probably right Jeff, it was wrong of me to assign objectivity to you… my mistake.

    Take care guys!!

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:09 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, 1410 posts, why don't you quit making excuses and answer Jeff's questions? That's your favorite tactic, running like a coward when confronted by others who intimidate you with real questions? Your intelligence is artificial and you, sir, are nothing but a liar and braggart, I assume.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:04 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, 1410 posts, again you get your snide little comment in that has nothing to do with this issue or blog. At least you brought lodisafeway Kinderman and his sidekick, master Brian, back to the blogs. Thanks for the insult. I feel the hate for the unions you emanate on these blogs whenever there's an article about LUSD and the problems you assumingly assert are caused by the teachers' union and your disdain for them. If you watched the interview on the link I posted, it stated that classified employees are being asked to take between a 27 & 44% pay cut. That's what this cowardly newspaper should be addressing, not more poppycock like this article to the real problems and ignore issues that will affect LUSD employees forever. Just take your time with another naive insult Darrell, 1410 posts.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 7:52 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    1) I never portrayed myself as objective, you decided to ascribe that to me. That matter is irrelevant in terms of my initial questions.

    2) You, whether you realize it or not, or care to admit or not, did comment in relation to Craig's. Perhaps you do not possess the intellectual capacity to use reason or logic. You consistently blame others for not understanding your comments, but perhaps that obfuscation lies in your lap.

    3) I never claimed you endorsed Craig's comments. I asked what you meant by your comments. You still haven't answered.

    4) I'm not sure if anyone on these comments have made you aware of this, or perhaps some friends might, but... you're kind of an a$$. You purport yourself to be either an expert on each subject or have the correct opinion and grasp of it, then you belittle and demean people who believe differently than you. And, often you then plead victim. chill out and lay off the comments a bit. Give yourself and others a break.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:30 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jeff stated…BS! They were specifically related to Craig's comments. You lie so
    • easily and often. Or do you not read what you write? Here's a reminder of what you wrote, followed by Craig's comment.

    Jeff, your thinking appears to be unsound and you are mischaracterizing me completely. … I am telling you again… I do not endorse what Craig stated. I am publically stating that Craig’s point made me think of another point which I outlined. If you cannot comprehend, that is not my problem; maybe it is a mental deficiency on your part. I am not calling you a liar like you called me, I am saying you are mistaken and have become hostile beyond reason. I think further dialogue with someone so hostile would not be fruitful. You give the appearance that you actually are a union member and not objective as you first portrayed.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:57 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    Kim, just to let you know, they're asking classified employees to give up to as much as 44% of their pay. When the superintendent makes $210k, with an additional car allowance of $700/mo., I can see why they might be agitated. If you were asked to take a 44% reduction in pay, how would you feel? I think if you asked those 100 blue shirts if they had even hear of Alinsky, they'd probably have thought you sneezed. This isn't about Alinsky, no matter what Beck tells you.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:53 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    No you did not answer either question, in fact, you joked about my questions. I have not joked about yours, just asked you, and Craig to clarify your comments, and ask for specifics, such as:

    'So what 'more effective funding' 'should' be utilized?
    And how would 'a restructure of the education system' reduce the budget?'

    Your references to 'more effective funding' and 'restructure of the education system' sound like empty rhetoric. You were the one to interject these ideas, so please tell us what you mean. What are your ideas to 'think outside the box'?

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:46 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    'My comments were not related to Craig’s comment in any way."

    BS! They were specifically related to Craig's comments. You lie so easily and often. Or do you not read what you write? Here's a reminder of what you wrote, followed by Craig's comment.

    'which part of the entire budget does "not" benefit the union and union members? Since almost all funds are taken by salary,benefits and union prevailing wage concerns, it may be easier to determine what does not benefit the union and its members.
    About program... myabe we should be thinking more outside the box... maybe there needs to be a restructure of the education system sice over 30% fail to graduate at best... maybe there should be more effective funding'

    'With huge union backing... I hope the new board president has the guts to pull the trigger on cuts to programs which do nothing for the education of our children but only benefit the coffers of the LEA, CTA, NEA, et al. Do that first, and the funds will be available to prepare our children for the future.'

    You are so intellectually dishonest, it's really is appalling, and obviously not just to me.

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 6:11 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    I agree with Joe Baxter..I can't say what I would like to see happen with that sea of blue shirts. Educate, organize, agitate...Isn't that the Alinsky Union mantra? Now they've added "attitude" nice....

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:51 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    One after thought... Our country just went through a massive change to the health care system, where the insurance Industry (with exceptions like Kaiser) and republicans who represent many business concerns, were completely ignored and excluded in designing and implementing the change. They were seen as obstructionists and part of the problem as they were part of the system that was bad in the first place.
    Can everyone imagine, that say in 2012, let’s sat the Republicans are successful as they were in 2010, and win the presidency and both houses again... imagine that they decide that their pet peeve is education, that it is broken, and they want to fix it. What if they do the same thing the democrats did, and decide anyone who is part of the existing problem cannot be trusted, and are excluded from participation in designing and implementing that change. They could point to what the Democrats did in health care, and say, now its our turn… so all educators are part of the problem, so will not be part of the solution.

    Would it not be in the best interest of our country to have professional educators who are involved in the system, who know the ins and outs of the system, be the ones to spearhead the needed reform that could benefit out children and grandchildren? Why not start the process now while the situation is favorable to the educators currently? Had the insurance industry spearheaded the healthcare change, while the republicans had control, the results would have been dramatically different. I think the education system should lead the charge for change, instead of supporting the old system. They should not make the same mistake and learn from history.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:25 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jeff stated...So any constructive ideas, or just blame and aspersions to cast?

    Good point Jeff. I did offer a constructive idea, but you dismissed it and made a joke out of my idea. So I could ask you the same question, since you make the claim of monitor of truth, do you have any other constructive ideas, or are you simply casting aspersions to Craig and me?
    I cannot think of a better idea (maybe you can) than restructuring the school system and procedures in order to use money more effectively to serve the children and parents of the community. Charter schools seem to be working very well, and they do not have to comply with the public education system rules and regulations (in the same way)... so I would think people much smarter than I, say George Neely for example, and others like him, might be able to think outside the box and restructure the system somehow in order to make it more efficient. It is not time to admit, the old system is broken (30-40% of high school students do not graduate, except in charter schools who graduate closer to 90% I understand). Are there not enough good people who care about our children, who are involved in the system, who could make recommendations for change? The answers cannot come from me; I can only ask the questions.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:07 pm on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jeff stated…I wasn't just trying to be sarcastic, but to keep you and Craig "HONEST" about his comments…

    Now I understand from what premise you make your comments. You thought, as an objective independent observer, you were playing the role of monitor making sure truth, accuracy and fairness was presented as it relates to the union and Craig Cawelti’s post. Is that a fair assessment from me? ( I assume you have no union relationship or conflict of interest that would detract from you being an independent fair monitor of truth)…
    if so, I think you made a mistake in assessing my comments. Please let me explain.
    My comments were not related to Craig’s comment in any way. I never said what Craig asserted. When I stated “Maybe an equally interesting question would be for Jeff “, “equally interesting” implies a different topic, a question that equals in interest, but not the same topic at all. I did not say anything about cutting programs or something that “ONLY” benefited the coffers of the union. My question to you was… “which part of the entire budget does "not" benefit the union(in some way implied) and union members? Notice it does not say or imply “only benefit” the union. It says benefit the union which is completely different and does not imply anything other than what I stated, which is completely true and accurate. Unless you are making the case that all that the union negotiates for its members do not benefit the union in some way, I could not understand how you could possibly disagree with what I said. I just repeated what the union has claimed itself, so if you disagree with me, you are disagreeing with the union as well.
    My point was that there is little money left for independent special programs for the children after you subtract the money from what the union gets for its members.
    So I did not avoid any questions that pertained to me. However, it is you that completely ignored my question to you. Since you seem irritated that questions asked are not answered, maybe you should look at yourself and ask why you are not answering an easy question for someone like yourself.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:19 am on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    Darrell, excellent job of not answering the questions. I wasn't just trying to be sarcastic, but to keep you and Craig honest about his comments. Wages are not 'programs' and they do not 'only benefit the coffers' of the union. So any constructive ideas, or just blame and aspersions to cast?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:24 am on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    George Neely.... congratulations on your achievement. You left a job that you loved as a teacher with the intentions to make things better. I wish you well and success now that you are in position to take action instead of only being able to talk. I sincerely hope the children and parents in Lodi benefit the most from the actions you take. You have a hard road ahead, but I have a feeling you will have a smile inside. Good Luck!!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:58 am on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Doug.... Enjoy your day! You need to smile more. Too many people depend on your help for you to get down on things. Good luck and take care!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:55 am on Thu, Dec 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jeff Tillett posted at 9:24 pm...That's nice Darrell, but employee wages, while they do constitute the vast majority of expenditures...

    Im sorry Jeff, wasnt trying to be funny or nice, just making a comment about reality. Wages to constitue a chunk of the money, but Health,dental vision, sick leave, vacation days and the biggy, defined benefit pension plan, as well as the wages from my perspective, are all resources that the union negociates for in behalf of its members.
    That is nearly 85% of all money earmarked for education that cannot be used for special programs directly to benefit any program for children. I assume you are making a joke when you ask " how would 'a restructure of the education system' reduce the budget?" I was trying to offer constructive thinking. It is not helpful if all you want to do is joke about a real problem. Maybe you were just being sarcastic... maybe you can be more constructive.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:40 pm on Wed, Dec 15, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    .Ms. Bonnett, why are you covering such a trivial issue at Lodi Unified school district Ms. Bonnett, you cover some mediocre ussue at the Lodi Unified school district, yet last Thursday a meeting was held at LUSD concerning classified workers and their upcoming contract and they're being asked to take a 27-44% pay cut across the board? Go to the link I post below for the 1 1/2 or so minute video from channel 13 that was conducted during and after this meeting.

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2010/12/09/lodi-school-district-employees-meet-to-discuss-proposed-pay-cuts/
    Why didn't the Weybret's and their Lodi News-Sentinel deem this newsworthy? Where was their top reporter Mr. Farrow on this one? This corrupted newspaper needs to get their priorities straight and inform citizens of the real devastation and greed right here in the Lodi area that affects such a large group of people, the economy and the dysfunctional and free spending of the LUSD superintendant and her outgoing board members, not to mention the games and devastation caused by the three senior citizens just re-elected to city council.

    And, Mr. Yillett, Darrell, 1395 posts, will have to ask his wife for an answer to your questions. Do you notice that Mr. 1395 posts nearly prompts those he torments to give solutions to the problems, but never has anything but ridicule and name calling for his answer to others?

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 9:24 pm on Wed, Dec 15, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    That's nice Darrell, but employee wages, while they do constitute the vast majority of expenditures, (a) are not 'programs' as Craig identified and (b) do not 'only benefit the coffers of the LEA, CTA, NEA, etc.'

    Also your statement is curious, 'maybe there should be more effective funding.' You make that statement with 'should', as though you know what that funding is . So what 'more effective funding' 'should' be utilized?

    And how would 'a restructure of the education system' reduce the budget?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:13 pm on Wed, Dec 15, 2010.

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    Maybe an equally interesting question would be for Jeff... which part of the entire budget does "not" benefit the union and union members? Since almost all funds are taken by salary,benefits and union prevailing wage concerns, it may be easier to determine what does not benefit the union and its members.
    About program... myabe we should be thinking more outside the box... maybe there needs to be a restructure of the education system sice over 30% fail to graduate at best... maybe there should be more effective funding.. Jeff, do you have any ideas that could improve the current system? Maybe George Neely will take his business experience and think out side the union box as well

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 1:45 pm on Wed, Dec 15, 2010.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 546

    Craig, which programs only benefit the coffers of the unions and do nothing for education? How much could be re-allocated by cutting these programs? How will the availability of these funds prepare our children for the future?

     
  • Craig Cawelti posted at 12:30 pm on Wed, Dec 15, 2010.

    Craig Cawelti Posts: 36

    With huge union backing... I hope the new board president has the guts to pull the trigger on cuts to programs which do nothing for the education of our children but only benefit the coffers of the LEA, CTA, NEA, et al. Do that first, and the funds will be available to prepare our children for the future.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:51 am on Wed, Dec 15, 2010.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    The FIRST order of business with the union, both for classified and non-classified is to tell them adios. Somehow we have to break the stranglehold these unions have on our school's economy. I love they way New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is handling the situation in his state. If our Governor had any backbone maybe we would'nt be in the mess we are in with our schools.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:51 am on Wed, Dec 15, 2010.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    The FIRST order of business with the union, both for classified and non-classified is to tell them adios. Somehow we have to break the stranglehold these unions have on our school's economy. I love they way New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is handling the situation in his state. If our Governor had any backbone maybe we would'nt be in the mess we are in with our schools.

     
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