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Teachers want a 5% raise

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From page B4 | December 19, 2013 | 4 Comments

Seriously, if the Yolo County Office of Education had actually offered the Yolo Education Association a 5 percent raise straight across the board, it would have readily been accepted by the teachers. Clearly, there are items that need to be clarified.

First, and foremost, it must be understood that a one-time bonus is not a raise. Nor does a one-time bonus provide a remedy for ongoing historically low salaries paid to YCOE teachers.

Furthermore, to be brutally honest, adding only a meager $480 annually to teacher benefits likely will keep teachers’ families on the county welfare rolls. While Superintendent Jorge Ayala calls this ”entirely reasonable,” I call it shameful.

It is time for YCOE leadership to stop playing semantics and make a straightforward offer to teachers for last year and this year that will give all teachers a 5 percent wage increase. Additionally, YCOE needs to raise annual health benefits to cover the cost of insuring a single person on the least expensive plan it offers.

Ayala has the resources (thanks in part to years of under-paying county office teachers) to make this happen without exposing YCOE to financial risk. The question remains, does he have the will to do the right thing?

Penny Gilman
Yolo Education Association president, Sacramento

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  • Econ 101December 19, 2013 - 9:14 am

    When teacher organizations develop a workable plan for stopping the deteriorating quality of public education, we parents will support your pay raise demands.

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  • Rich RifkinDecember 19, 2013 - 9:37 am

    If you have the time, you might be interested in reading this comprehensive review of how California high school grads are performing on standardized exams compared with kids in other states: http://www.act.org/newsroom/data/2012/pdf/profile/California.pdf ……….. One thing which affects how one state or another stacks up is its demographics. Whites and Asians on a group scale perform better everywhere than other groups. So states with lower percentages of those groups always perform worse than states with mostly white/Asian populations. Yet, notably, every ethnic group in California performs BETTER than those same ethnic groups perform nationally. You can see that data in Section II, page 15. …….. My own belief is that if you want better schools and better academic performance, there are two keys: first, develop better parents. The home life of a child is far more important as a determinate of educational achievement than the quality of his teachers. Children who fail in school most often come from parents who do a terrible job raising their kids and readying them to learn; and two, raise your expectations. A child who is expected to do mediocre work will do just that. If you expect children to achieve at a high level--and you reward them only if they do--more children will perform at a high level.

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  • Greg JohnsonDecember 19, 2013 - 11:17 am

    My own belief is that if you want better schools and better academic performance, there are two keys: first, develop better parents. The home life of a child is far more important as a determinate of educational achievement than the quality of his teachers. Children who fail in school most often come from parents who do a terrible job raising their kids and readying them to learn; and two, raise your expectations. A child who is expected to do mediocre work will do just that. If you expect children to achieve at a high level--and you reward them only if they do--more children will perform at a high level. Well said. I totally agree. We have a society which is plagued by lack of personal responsibility. People blame the schools for their kids' failures, blame their jobs for stress, and on and on and on. Personal responsibility is where it's at. As Don Henley said "Get over it"!

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  • Steven KelleherDecember 19, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    ECON 101 Why is it up to teachers to prevent a deterioration of public education? It is a PUBLIC education and teachers are a very small part of the voting public. Since we all, as a society, benefit from a well educated population we should all be invested in ensuring it is the best. I might add that Dr. Ayala has demanded an increase in salary whenever a Yolo County school district superintendent's salary has exceeded his. By that reasoning shouldn't that parity apply to all members of the YCOE?

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