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December 20, 2013
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Teachers suffer from district bullying tactics

Imagine my interest and surprise when reading that “the state department of education projected Nevada City School District was not able to meet its financial obligations for fiscal year 2011-2012 or 2012-2013, earning the district a negative budget certification” (The Union Dec. 17). I guess their glory days have come to an end!

I am the co-author (with retired Nevada Union teacher Diana Lynne) of an “Other Voices” column entitled “Excessive disciplinary system damages students’ respect, spirit” (The Union Feb. 13, 1999). It read in part, “When our children were in the eighth grade, we each tried to express our discontent and raise the possibility of change in many forums. We talked with or wrote letters to numerous teachers, the on-campus referral supervisor, the head advisor, the principal, the superintendent, a school board member and a site council representative.” All of these efforts were ignored by administrators who couldn’t be bothered with our concerns.

The personnel with whom we met were arrogant and treated us like interlopers rather than a welcome part of the school community. So the pattern was already established, and now 14 years later, the district appears to be using familiar tactics to bully its own teachers.

I hope the CTA and NCFA prevail in their filing of grievances and charges of unfair labor practices.

Laura Bigham

Nevada City


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