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Pleasanton Assemblywoman's teacher-firing bill passes Legislature

Original post made on Sep 16, 2013

The state Legislature passed a locally authored bill Friday that aims to protect and ensure the safety of children.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 16, 2013, 7:53 AM

Comments (13)

Posted by JC, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

Her bill was a bunch of BS. It watered down most of the language that school boards and parents wanted. It was exactly what the teachers and their union wanted, it was not about the children.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I'm grateful that there is a union to represent teachers!


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

" . . . and said district already have ways . . ."

Meanwhile, the basics are ignored.


Posted by Harmful Ed Unions, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Yes Mike, yesterday I read the bill has as much bad as good. Buchanan HAD to do tokens to save 'herself', after her ignoring and defending union teachers for abusing students ...disgusting. Along with these tiny tokens, there are new UNION goodies and protections written into this bill...NO surprise there!!! All legislators owned by CTA and Ca Fed of Teacher UNIONS were quick to sign! They're part of the reasons our CA kids are not ready to attend college...must less be prepared for jobs. They've been running CA education for much too long.

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

It is a basic fact that the CTA does not care about education or the students. Their job is to represent the teachers. Each time the CTA gets involved in legislation you can be sure it is not on behalf of the students. The CTA pays the big bucks to the legislature in order to control legislation. If you go to the website follow-the-money ( you will see the CTA from 2003 to 2012 has contributed $150,971,672 to influence politicians. That certainly puts things in perspective if you give $100 and the CTA gives $151,000,000. Who is the politician going to listen to?

I would love to see the day when campaigns can only be financed by individual contributors. Until then, it is just an illusion that the politicians represent the average person.

Posted by Harmful Ed Unions, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Sadly, local is right, unions own our elected 'representatives' to represent them, NOT us! That is why 'citizens united' just gave
companies the right to contribute, LIKE UNIONS have been allowed to do for DECADES !! ...good for the goose. Now unions want another 'one up', SO....
Because of the $151 BILLION unions have spent to buy politicians, ALF-CIO announced last week they will allow non-union workers to be part of their union. DUH!!!! ALL OUTSIDE WORKERS have to do is PAY union DUES $$$$. No surprise there !! Just pay dues, anybody can send their political "DONATIONS" IN !!!! They're finally admitting, their dues collected are for the primary purpose of buying & owning politicians with union political contributions.....not for members programs.

Posted by Harmful Ed Unions, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Unions raking in money from anybody who'll send it in, is admitting it's all about union leaders wanting to continue to OWN and control our state and our country. Otherwise Gov Brown would protect the public, riders, and taxpayers....instead of the greedy BART union.

Posted by right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:08 am

The unions (and Cholo) defend abusive teachers, as long as they continue to pay their dues. Where are your priorities? What about the children? Disgusting..........

Posted by ??, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Just remember this when Buchanan runs for DeSalinier's state senate seat in a couple of years!

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:32 pm

This legislation has nothing to do with what's "good for the children", and everything to do with what's good for the teachers union (CTA). The teachers union = 1, California students and education = 0. Thats the current score based on this sham legislation.

Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

My mother is a teacher. Most of you have NO idea what you are talking about. Yes, children need protection- given.

I will back the teachers any day of the year. Walk three feet in a teacher's shoes and you will be crying in agony.

I support the unions, the teachers, and my mother.

Posted by Harmful Ed Unions, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

Elizabeth, broaden your horizons and do some objective research on the millions of 'other' teachers. There are two sides to the story. How lucky you are if you're never had or known of a bad, incompetent, or abusive teacher, that should not be with children in classroom, yet are kept there year after year because of unions. Pity those children that are ruined for life.

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

I would think that good teachers would want a good system in place to handle the teachers who are bad. When the system protects all teachers, whether they are good or bad, or abusive, it makes all teachers look bad. Teachers are professionals and I assume would want the 'bad apples' removed. If you are a 8th grade math teacher and the 7th grade math teacher is incompetent, if makes your job a lot harder and sometimes impossible to get the student back on grade.

I believe most teachers are good. The good teachers should not have to deal with others in their profession that are incompetent or abusive and can not be removed. We all know of some bad teachers that have tenure and they keep 'teaching' our kids, either in the same school or pushed to another school in the district who has to deal with the issues.

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