California Gold Ribbon Loser

This school year has made me a stronger woman and a better educator.  I am one of the few lucky professionals who work at a terrific school with most if not all of the amenities you would hope to find in a public school.  We are such a dynamite high school we’ve been recognized by the State Superintendent of Public Education. Tom Torlakson announced this past week that my high school made the short list for the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award.  Yeah, pretty hot.

“These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”

I’m was on cloud nine when I heard the news but then our school district announced during contract negotiations they intend to extend our instructional day by 15 minutes and their thinking about giving us a  whopping 2% raise…maybe.  FYI Los Angeles Unified School district just settled for a 10% raise (5% this year and 5% the following year)!

But I’m hopeful because as soon as our superintendent received the good news that we received the coveted Cali Gold Ribbon Award he sent all the teachers a big basket of “cookies”.  Yummy for my tummy but worse for my purse–if you get my drift.

Our school district officials evidently are not aware that hardworking educators need money to afford life.  The cost of living has gone up 11% and the school district is only offering 2% increase and maybe retroactive even though we’ve worked nine months without a contract.  I’m no math afficiado but that just doesn’t add up especially when I’m a winner!

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