Editors Note: this blog was previously posted stating that an agreement was made to keep class sizes at 25:1. However, this is not yet the case. To clarify, CVUSD is currently in negotiations with the Castro Valley Teachers Association. A tentative agreement has not yet been made.
When heard about the in negotiations with the teachers union, there was jubilation and a loud whoop whoop!
Though no tentative agreement to preserve 25:1 class sizes have been made, the district and union will hopefully come to some agreement by this Friday. Once an agreement is made, it will then need to be ratified by the CVUSD board.
We cheered for our children, we cheered for our teachers, and we cheered in gratitude to our school board for listening to the community, for understanding, for putting our children first. It was an amazing day.
The Parent Movement is not done, and I write this with a smile on my face. I’m
personally chipping in and . . I hope to see lots
of parents there. I know as we work together, we will raise the necessary funds
to ensure our class size remains small for following year too.
Part of the mission of The Parent Movement is to inform ourselves and inform others about the school budget. That is an unending task. We aren’t stopping because our school board has preserved class sizes 25:1 for one more year.
My hope is that The Parent Movement, along with SOSCV!, and the teachers union, will continue to work together. We want to work with the district and learn from each other, talk to each other, and understand more about California state economics and how education gets funded (or underfunded) so that we can impart that information to our school communities and start to turn the tides.
We need to invigorate and inspire our community to continue to support our children. Education is not cheap, nor should it be. A nation built on educated citizens is one that has a strong foundation.
I know it's difficult to be a working parent. There's so much to do to care for your family, participate in school and extracurricular activities, to be involved in everything.
There are so many things to pay attention to that it's easy to stop paying attention. My hope is that this movement we’ve started becomes a resource and reminder for parents to keep informed about our school district as well as a source to find information.
I want The Parent Movement to keep parents inspired to pay attention, to vote, to voice their objections and approvals, and help raise funds to aid in preserving quality education in Castro Valley. We must continue our movement.