Yesterday a “protest” of some sort was held by the Compton teachers in conjunction with Compton Mayor Aja Brown and recently elected Councilwoman Michelle Chambers. As the teachers current contract prepares to sunset, they have taken their message to the streets to drum up support to receive a significant raise. A former Compton Commissioner has weighed in and provided their thoughts on the matter.
Please let me enlighten you about why Wednesday’s “Teacher Rally” was not about students and more about adults. I’ve seen this happen before, same time or year with different players. A quick view of the Compton School Board agenda I noticed that Compton School District employee unions in the last month included items to “sunshine” sections of their contracts. What does “sunshine” mean? It’s the official terminology to say we want to open up discussion with the district about these sections in our contract. One section that unions had a request to sunshine had to do with “salaries”. It seems the offering from the school district is the same across the board for each union within the Compton School District. The Compton School District offered 3% to every Cafeteria Worker, Security Guard, Teachers Aide, Secretary, Plant Worker and Teacher.
Just about every employee union except the teachers have come to an agreement about how they want their 3%. By no surprise the Teachers Union has said “NO we are not talking with the School District until they offer us 8% we deserve because we work harder than the Cafeteria Worker, Security Guard, Plant Worker and teachers Aide! And no we will not teach any different than we do now for more money. This is absolutely appalling to be so selfish to think that Teachers deserve more than anyone else. I’m not sure about how everyone else feels but EDUCATION IS NOT JUST ABOUT TEACHERS. It starts from the time a Plant Worker opens up the gate in the morning, to the breakfast the cafeteria worker serves my child. The security guard and teachers Aide that provide services to all students in and out of the classroom. These professionals work hand-in-hand with teachers to educate Compton students.
Like I said at the beginning, this teachers rally had nothing to do with students and all to do about greedy adults.
And about Mayor Aja Brown and Council Woman Michelle Chambers involvement with this…
Mayor Brown and Council Woman Chambers are on a crusade to have their say in Compton School District Affairs because they need money to close the budget deficit at the city. Those first 100 days are coming to the end and all we’ve seen is a half done park and a Town Hall Meeting in a space that only fit 30 community members so others had to stand. What is even more disturbing is that their little minions refuse to have a friendly debate about issues with Board Member Charles Davis about the issues and progress the district has made. If your school district insider School Board Member Sandra Moss isn’t willing to help you defend your position, which leading you down a rabbit hole why not hear what the more tenured board member Charles Davis has to say.Former City Commissioner
At the end of the day the facts are facts and if all you want to do is cry foul without having a discussion, what change are you really out for? Is this really for the students or a power hungry policy failing Mayor and her new wingman?
Bottom line is Compton School District has improved tremendously over the last few years and is still improving. These improvements have been recognized around the state and even in this country’s capital of Washington D.C. This is all because of hard work put in everyday by the employees of the Compton School District and its School Board.
The City on the other hand…. ABOUT THIS POTHOLE I KEEP HITTING ON ROSECRANS AND SANTE FE!Michelle and Aja you familiar with it?
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