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Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" Laid Off; Who is to Blame?
Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2012 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 06/18/2012 5:43:00 AM PDT by Kaslin

I have a great deal of sympathy for Michelle Apperson, the Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" who was laid off. Assuming she deserved the award, she should not have been laid off.

Sixth-grade teacher Michelle Apperson passed down a simple message to her students.

"My favorite teachers growing up were the ones who challenged me to go out of my comfort level a little bit, strive for the stars, and work hard," the veteran California educator wrote on her school's bio page.

Despite just being named Sacramento's "Teacher of the Year," Apperson was laid off as part of a massive budget cut.

"It hurts on a personal level because I really love what I do," Apperson, who taught all subjects, told KXTV-News 10. "But professionally and politically or economically, I get why it happens."

Her pink slip comes just days after President Barack Obama prodded Washington lawmakers to help cash-strapped states with education funding.

The Sacramento City Unified School District has suffered approximately $143 million in budget cuts in recent years. School spokesperson Gabe Ross told News 10 that who gets laid off is mandated by state law and is based on seniority, not performance.

"It's an awful situation," Ross said. "It's another sign of how education's funding really needs an overhaul."

According to her bio, Apperson's goal was to teach her students "how to solve problems with peers, other adults, and the world around them."

Now they know firsthand how difficult that can sometimes be.
Does Apperson Really "Get Why it Happens"?

I like Apperson's Bio, her experience, and her message to her 6th grade class.

However my sympathies end there.

She says she "gets why it happens". Does she? If so why doesn't she explicitly say so?

Who is to Blame?

Teachers' unions are 100% to blame for this mess. Unions protect the under-performers at the expense of those like Apperson. Unions even protect repeated sexual predator teachers.

From the New York Times article Give Schools the Power to Punish
In one case, a male teacher in Manhattan was accused of inappropriately touching a female student in 2010, but the arbitrator imposed only a suspension without pay. And now — after more disturbing episodes — we’ve filed charges against this individual for a third time.

As it stands, public school teachers accused of sexual misconduct enjoy protections that no other city employee has. That puts children in danger, and we cannot allow it to continue.
Rest assured there are thousands of cases like that nationwide. Want some articles?

The Huffington Post reports New York Teachers Paid To Do Nothing: 700 Of Them
Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that's what they want to do.

Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its "rubber rooms" _ off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings.

The 700 or so teachers can practice yoga, work on their novels, paint portraits of their colleagues _ pretty much anything but school work. They have summer vacation just like their classroom colleagues and enjoy weekends and holidays through the school year.

Because the teachers collect their full salaries of $70,000 or more, the city Department of Education estimates the practice costs the taxpayers $65 million a year. The department blames union rules.
Here is a Google search of Teachers Paid to Sit if you want more examples.

Now factor in incompetent teachers and poor teachers. The union protects them too.

Overhaul Needed

Yes, indeed. An overhaul is truly needed. Teachers should be hired, fired and receive pay raises based on merit, not seniority.

School spokesperson Gabe Ross told News 10 that who gets laid off is mandated by state law and is based on seniority, not performance.

Ross then whines "It's another sign of how education's funding really needs an overhaul."

An overhaul is indeed needed. It's time to get rid of collective bargaining of public unions, and it's time for merit pay for teachers.

Enormous Sense of Entitlement

With very few exceptions, public union members have an enormous sense of entitlement.

Public union members need to put themselves in the average taxpayer's shoes. Public union members also need to realize promised benefits cannot possibly materialize.

Teachers' Unions Do Not Give a Damn About Kids

Here is the deal, straight up. Teachers' unions do not give a damn about the kids.

Please read that carefully. I said "Teachers' unions" NOT teachers.

Most teachers do care about the kids. However, those teachers are sucked into believing garbage fed by union organizers. That garbage inevitably leads to cannibalization of the lowest on the seniority totem pole, regardless of skills or talent.

Union mentality is also to blame for inability of school districts to get rid of sexual predators and grossly incompetent teachers.

Time For Reflection

This is a time for serious reflection. We all need to think about what government owes us (or doesn't), what taxpayers owe public union workers (or don't), and what promises have been made by politicians at taxpayer expense that cannot possibly be met.

The problem is not a lack of education funding.

The problem is absurd expectations as to what benefits public union workers receive, coupled with inability to get rid of union workers, except on the basis of seniority, even in the face of repeated sexual predator behavior.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: California
KEYWORDS: layoffs; nea; teacheres; teachers; unions

1 posted on 06/18/2012 5:43:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Obonghit will say that it is Bush’s fault.
Still.
After three years.


2 posted on 06/18/2012 5:50:02 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Kaslin

Who is to blame? I don’t care.


3 posted on 06/18/2012 5:53:07 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Romney - not Obama - not a Conservative - not a real Christian)
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To: Kaslin

When governments are forced to cut spending, they always choose the most visible, and painful cuts to make. I think they hit the bullseye by firing the teacher of the year.


4 posted on 06/18/2012 6:06:12 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Kaslin

In Kalifornia many teachers are publicly laid off each Spring (usually a “potential layoff notice”) and miraculously rehired when school starts up again. If the laid off teacher is really good they could easily get a better teaching job in the private sector.


5 posted on 06/18/2012 6:15:10 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Ineptocracy; the Obama way.)
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To: Kaslin

I’d like to know if the district has actually made spending cuts ... you know, fewer dollars spent than in a previous year ... or if they just had “budget cuts,” which means, “We submitted our ‘everything solid-gold’ budget request, but the county/state would only give us gold-plate.”

Anyhoo, to make this all go away, fully privatize education. Private pay or private charity.


6 posted on 06/18/2012 6:36:18 AM PDT by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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To: Kaslin

She prolly didn’t have enough “seniority” to survive the cuts, while others who were there 30 years and on “suspension” were kept on. Unions create the ultimate cronyism in that the union members themsellves have no say to what goes on and the union bosses are in unelected positions of power.

I thought unions created a “worker’s paradise”?

Nope, like all other systems, once they get power they get corruption, and power is the ultimate corruption.

This the genius of the founders they realized that if you limit the power of the government you will limit the corruption inherent in it.


7 posted on 06/18/2012 6:39:31 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin
Meanwhile, the Alphabet Soup of California State Agencies remains at roughly 400.

Here's a link to the list if anyone is so inclined....

California State Agencies A-Z

8 posted on 06/18/2012 6:42:51 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin

Right gender, wrong color. Had she been an affirmative action hire, she would have had a better chance of retaining her job. Merit and performance have little to do with who gets to teach your children.


9 posted on 06/18/2012 6:53:39 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Kaslin

Union-enforced 'deadwoodocracy'...


10 posted on 06/18/2012 6:55:46 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Kaslin
“Sacramento “Teacher of the Year” Laid Off; Who is to Blame?”

I know! I know! I know! Teacher, please call me. I know! I know!

11 posted on 06/18/2012 7:02:52 AM PDT by Tupelo (TeaParty member, but no longer a Republican)
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To: Mike Darancette

> “If the laid off teacher is really good they could easily get a better teaching job in the private sector.”

Bullseye, so true.


12 posted on 06/18/2012 7:08:07 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Kaslin

Layoffs should be 3 to 2. Three teachers to two district staffers. That’s about the ratio of teachers to staff in the school districts.

I did some work for California Highway Patrol. It was three uniformed to two non uniformed in the department. Should have been four to one.

But media and their dimwit government counterparts will only mention teachers, firefighters and police when it comes to layoffs.


13 posted on 06/18/2012 7:23:57 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: sportutegrl

Teachers being laid off, but the taxpayer-supported Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center is still open.

Am I the ONLY one that sees a problem here??


14 posted on 06/18/2012 7:36:09 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

Government is the problem here. If the citizens got to spend their own money, those who want teachers for their children would pay teachers, and those who want homosexual activity would pay for that. Problem solved.


15 posted on 06/18/2012 8:22:04 AM PDT by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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To: Kaslin; Revolting cat!
Is this anything like the Father of the Year award?


16 posted on 06/18/2012 8:27:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: bmwcyle

It’s her own fault, she was making the other teachers look bad by comparison.


17 posted on 06/18/2012 8:31:25 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: Mike Darancette

“In Kalifornia many teachers are publicly laid off each Spring (usually a “potential layoff notice”) and miraculously rehired when school starts up again.”

Thats so they can collect “unemployment insurance” pay for the summer to supplement their generous salary, when they’d normally be off for the summer.

Over 60% of California’s fiscal budgets are used for teacher’s pay........

Yeah the first couple of years are low paying, but soon their in the money.....the unions always decry the low (starting) wages every few years looking to pad their already generous salaries (+unemployment every summer). It’s one big scam........”for the children.”


18 posted on 06/18/2012 8:43:22 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Mike Darancette
miraculously rehired when school starts up again.

A relative in an adjoining district says she's done. Gone!

Because of her obvious abilities, she will easily be rehired by another district which has the budget to rehire, but looses all but 3 years of the seniority she accrued in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

19 posted on 06/18/2012 6:47:51 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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