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Our Readers Write: Dismayed by union's stance on summer school

October 21, 2010

On Sept. 30, an article titled "Teachers challenge summer school," was published stating that the La Cañada Teachers Association is blocking the efforts of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation to host a summer school program at La Cañada High School.

As a teacher in this district, I am a member of this union. However, I had no idea that this action had been taken. I was dismayed to see this, particularly in the economic climate in the state of California.

Our administrative team and elected school board have been fiscally responsible while giving the teachers here a supportive, quality environment in which to work. We love our students and our jobs. It was my mistaken assumption that our LC Teachers Association would do everything within its power to work as a team with school administrators to keep programs in tact.

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A summer school program run by the Educational Foundation would give the school district access to additional monies to add to the general fund. The LCF Educational Foundation has been profitable for years, while providing for many programs which have been discontinued in many of our neighboring public school districts.

Without exception, more money coming through the foundation for the district is positive for the entire school population: students, support staff, and certificated teachers.

I am sadly disappointed by the action taken by our union president. If the Association is successful in its efforts to block the LCF Educational Foundation summer school, the district will not run a summer school for any students (other than special education students who have extended school your provisions in their IEP's). The end result will be no employment opportunities for teachers and no educational opportunities for students.

This teacher supports the Governing Board in its vote on Tuesday night to approve the contract with LCF Educational Foundation to run a private summer school at La Cañada High School

Lindsay Bozzani

La Cañada High School

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