Interestingly, it seems the same teachers union that’s supposed to protect the employment rights of teachers is screwing the ones without seniority, despite whether or not they have exemplary employment records. It’s true, in the City of Simi Valley, teachers without seniority are at risk of layoffs even if they outperform senior teachers.
My son attended a public Simi Valley school and we had a very hard time with his teacher. He faced some behavior challenges in class and his teacher was in her last year before retirement and frankly, didn’t want to deal with him. She plopped him in a corner and waited for the school year to end, much to our horror. The next year, he was taught by a much younger, much more passionate and caring teacher who was proactive in turning him around and worked with us to turn him into a star student. She was exceptional… and she could very well be at risk for losing her job, while the first teacher we experienced ultimately would have kept her job.
THAT is wrong, and Simi Valley students deserve better!
I read this snippet in an article in the Simi Valley Acorn.
“I’m (probably) losing my job when I know I’m putting in 110 percent and somebody else is not,” Snodgrass said. “That’s a hard pill to swallow.”
Moving out of California?
Snodgrass and three other teachers at Royal were hired in August 2005. She was the only one to receive a pink slip, she discovered, because she lost a tiebreaker.
For teachers who were hired at the same time, the district follows seven tiebreakers, including prior tenure and multiple degrees.
“I don’t feel confident at all,” Snodgrass said about her job stability.
Snodgrass has two children, ages 1 and 2. Her husband, Bryan, is an assistant director in the movie business but, she said, his job doesn’t provide a steady stream of income.
Now Snodgrass is thinking about moving her family to New Mexico—a tough decision for the Simi Valley native and Royal High graduate who was thrilled to find a job teaching in her hometown.
“We would not want to move,” she said. “If the situation doesn’t change for us, it might be necessary.”
On May 15, Cameron, Snodgrass and other teachers who received pink slips will learn for sure whether or not their jobs have been eliminated. By state law, that’s the last day SVUSD can terminate positions for the 2009-10 school year.
Since experiencing a bad teaching experience at a Simi Valley school, we’ve been very invested in who teaches our children early in their educational career. This budgetary crisis and seniority versus performance issue has me concerned as the parent of Simi Valley students. I suspect many feel the same way.