CUSD Board Endorsement Vote

Statements from each candidate are attached here:

Anjali Kauser

Kristen Pan Lyn

Soma McCandless

Chris Zhang

Lead Reps – please fill out this google form by September 8th.

You may make copies of the document below to use as ballots for your site.

CUSD Board Endorsement Ballot 2014 2015

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Important Update on Vergara v. State of California Lawsuit

Dear colleague,
This morning, as expected, the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit and struck down all the statutes as unconstitutional. Take a look at the decision. We believe today’s decision is deeply flawed. Along with the State of California and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), we will appeal the decision.  
The manufactured education group Students Matter is hailing this as a big win and the news media will likely characterize today’s decision as an immediate drastic change to Education Code. Please be reassured this is not the case! We will proceed with appealing the decision and a stay has been granted, meaning there will be no immediate change to current laws that will impact your employment. 
All along we knew we had a strong case. Today’s ruling by the questionable judge does not change that. The judge’s ruling was scant, not based on evidence presented at trial. Our legal team is reviewing it now. There is nothing unconstitutional about due process rights for educators, a two-year probationary period, or experience-based layoffs. We know, firsthand, that experience enhances teacher effectiveness and increases student productivity at all grade levels. Both the law and the best interests of students are on our side.
Message and Talking Points
Once again, here are the talking points that will help you talk to members about the case and today’s developments. 
Letters to the Editor
We urge you to send in letters to the editor of your local newspaper by using these samples
Twitter and Facebook
There is a lot of activity on the social networks. Here are some sample tweets and Facebook posts.
As we get more information about the decision we will post updates on the Vergara section of the website. 
In solidarity,

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Vacancy List

6/6 – Vacancy List

6/5 – Vacancy List

5/23 – Vacancy List

4/21 – Vacancy List

3/24 – Vacancy List


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Yes on Measure A – Phone Banking

Loss of the parcel tax will be a 4.4 million dollar loss to out district and destroy any chance of a raise or additional contributions to help off set health costs.  It is crucial we get our folks out!!  Remember we are not asking for any increase in tax and are only phoning known supporters.  Please rally your staffs.

Please sign up to help with Phone banking at this website:

Other ways to help:
1. District Walk – Saturday April 5 and 26. We will meet at the CEA office (where you phone banked). You can come anytime between 9 and noon to get a packet. You can walk for as little as 2 or 3 hours. Just pick up a packet on Saturday, and you’ll be instructed on how to walk the precinct.
2. Phone Bank!

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Teachers union president: Vergara lawsuit just an ‘AstroTurf’ attempt to dismantle teachers’ rights

Article – Mercury News

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EdCamp – Feb 22 – Palo Alto

What is EdCamp? – Feb 22, Palo Alto
Link to Register
An EdCamp is an unconference gathering of educators to talk about relevant issues and ideas that they deem important.  
EdCamp defined from the EdCamp Foundation“Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.
What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.”
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Principal Survey


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