One of the best tools in the chest used by the school board club and the administration is the calendar. As we approach the end of the school year, they are fully aware that taxpayer interest in their scandals will decline dramatically.

Waiting out the school year has worked in the past and there is no reason to believe it won’t work again this year.

The fact that this is an election year will have little impact on taxpayer interest until school starts again in the fall. The only debate or forum is sponsored by the Mesa Verde Homeowners Assn. and is covered/filmed by Costa Mesa Brief and the Daily Pilot. Even so, school board club elections do not get a fraction of the attention of the city council and other contests.

And that suits the Bear St. folks just fine.

It’s good for them, bad for the rest of us. Bad, particularly, for teachers, who face a return to school under the same demoralizing job environment they are now facing.

Teachers have options. From the website of the California Teachers Assoc., dated 3/16/16:

“ANAHEIM EDUCATORS PROVE PARTICIPATION IS POWER”

“March 2016 – During Thanksgiving week last year, the Anaheim Elementary Education Association (AEEA) carried out a “Black Friday” bargaining support action that asked each member to dress in black and gather for a site photo in a public place on campus. Over 90 percent of members at 24 sites participated, sending a powerful message of unity that would lead to the February settlement. AEEA used the photos to create posters presented to the Anaheim City School District at a subsequent school board meeting. After 13 rounds of negotiations, AEEA has settled for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. Highlights include crediting years of service outside the district, extending a retirement incentive to veteran members, and a 4 percent salary increase retroactive to July 2015.”
As we approach the end of the school year, it is up to all of us to keep the current mismanagement and maltreatment issues alive and kicking over the next three months.
Three school board club members are up for election this year: Vicki Snell, Martha Fluor, and Dana Black.
Just sayin’.
Steve Smith
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