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Vote Tuesday March 8: SCHOOL BOARD: District 1: LaMotte; District 3: Pugliese ; District 5 Bennett Kayser; Yes on Measure L, No on Measure M, Yes on H; If you are in the Valley (city of LA), vote Augusto Bisani for CD-2; CD- 8 Vote Forescee Hogan-Rowles, CD-14 Rudy Martinez

March 6, 2011

It seems like election season never stops in California, with local measures, community college district seats, school board seats and  LA City Council district seats up for grabs.

Of course the LA Times endorsed the pro-charter, anti-teacher candidates including the opponent of Marguerite LaMotte.  In addition, they have endorsed a whole host of establishment candidates like Bernard Parks and Paul Krekorian.

In terms of the school board,  UTLA so badly bungled District 5 and 7 races that it is hard to know who to vote for in these races.    The LA Times anti -union rhetoric is becoming even more vitriolic and their dismissiveness toward union candidates versus the billionaire candidates borders on journalistic malpractice.

If things don’t start turning around for teachers in the next year and our pensions are threatened along with our autonomy in the classroom, it is time to start looking elsewhere in the world of education: out of state, out of country, Department of Defense,  Native American schools, private schools or consider getting out of the profession altogether.

If you plan to stay here are some helpful hints:

Add on a single subject credential to your existing single subject: It is easy to do- you just need to pass the 4 CSET tests and you’re done.  If it is for math, you need to pass three of the four to teach up to Algebra 2

Add on a single subject credential to you existing Multiple Subject credential: You will need to pass all four CSETs  AND take one or two classes at a Cal State. But given that the Multiple Subject by itself is becoming one of the most useless credentials around, this is a survival tool you will need.

Add on a special education credential: Not sure if the CENTSE program is still going on in the district but this is one way to ensure more job security.  If you already have  a credential, it is much less work.

Community colleges are hiring part time, especially in the area of ESL.

According to a long time friend and colleague who is up in San Rafael teaching now, Central and Northern California will be better bets for teachers in the near future.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ken Bazzell permalink
    March 7, 2011 1:11 pm

    “given that the Multiple Subject by itself is becoming one of the most useless credentials around”

    I am curious. Why is the multiple subject so useless? Is it the number of people who possess one, or is it just that you have to additional endorsements to be able to teach in California?

  2. fremontwatch permalink
    March 7, 2011 5:35 pm

    There are so many people who possess it is becoming devalued. The colleges of education keep churning out these credentials and there is a massive surplus of teachers holding these “jack of all trade” credentials.
    I am in a master’s program right now and 75% of the students who have a multiple subject credential are either 1) unemployed, 2) subbing or 3) working for very low paying charter schools who never give raises and have high turnover. Not a good situation to be in.

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