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Teachers Trade Department Chairs For Pay Bonuses


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Santa Barbara teachers will no longer have department chairs, according to the new contract approved by the school board on Tuesday night. They will be replaced by Professional Learning Community leaders who coordinate assessments and curricula but do not serve the traditional role of liaison between faculty and administration. For this concession, the teachers will receive a 2 percent bonus in their final paycheck of the school year. Nonteaching employees will receive the same bonus. They will move immediately to non-pay status, however, if they are recommended for termination. Salaries will be negotiated in the fall.

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As I recall in the Golden Days of California public education we had teachers, a principal, the office secretary, one or two part time custodians, those nice lunch room ladies, and a smoke-filled teachers lounge where the real business of running the school took place.

And voters who filled school boards with independent civic leaders, who believed excellent public education was good for the entire community.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 8:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

in the Golden Days we had about 6 million people living in the State, now it's over 30 million, foo. Get with it, we can't go back to your mythical golden age. Since your kids go to private school your words are shameless.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't see why we can't have the smoke filled teacher's room with 30 million.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 11:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

DD loves to throw lies around because his points are typically vacuous, so for the record: I do not have kids in private schools. Carry on.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It doesn't make sense. Not at all. What are the qualifications of the "Professional Learning Community leaders"?? Shouldn't they have a background in the subject of the dept they represent??
Does NOT make sense.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 11:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@Ken:
The qualifications of the “Professional Learning Community leaders" are going to be thoes teachers with the longest tounges, willing to jump on the latest fad coming out the the Iviory Towers downtown.

edukder (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 1:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Population numbers don't matter. More people, more tax revenues and more schools; but they can still have the same simple structural model.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 5:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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