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A few facts about Lodi Unified School District counselors

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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:05 am, Sat May 19, 2012.

Did you know?

Lodi Unified School District has 28 school counselors.

Did you know?

LUSD school counselors are members of LPPA — Lodi Pupil Personnel Association.

Did you know?

LUSD school counselors have the following mission statement: The mission of LUSD's School Counseling Program is to ensure every student receives the best education and acquires the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for his/her academic, career and personal/social development to be successful in life.

Did you know?

LUSD school counselors have a program philosophy.

We believe ...

  • Every student can achieve, given equitable opportunity, appropriate resources, tools and support.
  • Every student's gender, ethnic, cultural, racial and/or special needs are considered in planning and implementing the school program.
  • Every student has the right to receive the necessary prevention and intervention services to support personal progress and success.
  • Every student has the right to a credentialed school counselor who collaborates with families, other educators and the community as an advocate for the student's success.
  • Every student has the right to a school counselor who will challenge, empower, support and assist him/her to achieve his/her highest potential.

AND, Congratulations to the Class of 2012! — From LUSD school counselors.

Lyndon Blodgett is a Lodi High School counselor.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:02 am on Sat, May 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Lastly... I sincerely believe the counselors at Lodi Unified generally are wonderful people who work hard and have the best interests of students at heart... I was simply surprised that Ms Blodgett would bring up "LPPA " as the first and most prominent point in a letter that was meant to demonstrate how counselors are there to serve the student.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:54 am on Sat, May 19, 2012.

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    If one reads the agreement with Lodi Unified and this corporation, one will quickly see that this organization has little to do with student interests but protection and welfare for only it's members, which are the counselors. The main reason this organization exists is to procure union wages,benefits and protections that benefit it's members. Nothing wrong with this, but to imply that counselors being members of this association somehow is for the benefit of the students is misleading at best.

    This corporation is responsible for creating a negotiating team to represent the counselors and work out wage agreements with Lodi Unified school district.

    All counselors who work in Lodi Unified School District are required as a condition of employment to join this corporation and is required to pay dues if they want to work for the school district (article 6-4-d of the contract). If a counselor objects to this forced payment of dues for religious beliefs or conscious, the corporation must approve this exception. If approved, the counselor must still pay a fee equal to what they would have paid in dues to a non-religious, non-labor organization charitable fund.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:50 am on Sat, May 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Yes... wonderful goals, but how does one measure the results and quality of service performed. In the private sector, a counselor has to get results or go out of business.
    The customer is the “quality control” agent in normal circumstances.

    Mr Blodgett says... Did you know?... LUSD Counselors are members of Lodi Pupil Personnel Association. One might believe this Association ( by it's title) has the best interest of students as it's mission. However, if one looks beyond the surface, that simply is not true.

    Does the public know? (LPPA) is a corporation (501 c 7)

    One on the main duties of this corporation is to represent is members (counselors) in it's relations with Lodi Unified School District; to secure reasonable wages and working conditions. All members (counselors of LUSD) can vote for the representatives of this corporation and must pay dues. In other words, LPPA represents its members, not the interests of the students.



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