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Staff

Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

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Opinions

Dear Editor- Culver Park

Dear Editor- Culver Park

The expansion of El Marino Elementary School to accommodate a full-day kindergarten requires the relocation of CCUSD’s other high school, Culver Park. CPHS is the district’s continuation school and provides a program, now limited by budget cuts to 80 students, where high-schoolers, 16 to18 years old, have a supportive, productive place to make up lost time; time lost for as many reasons as [...]

Dear Editor- Calling on Council Candidates

Dear Editor- Calling on Council Candidates

Dear Editor - A number of City Councilmembers and City Council candidates have signed the petition and/or have clearly stated their support for parent-funded services within our schools. Indeed, Mayor Mehaul O'Leary, Councilmembers Jeff Cooper and Andrew Weissman, as well as city council candidate Scott Malsin are all in support. They joined 1,150 (as of 3/9/12) other petition signers who [...]

Dear Editor- Let’s Not Lose Sight of the Best Interests of the Children

Dear Editor- Let’s Not Lose Sight of the Best Interests of the Children

Dear Editor, David Mielke’s opinion piece reminds us that it is the union’s job to advocate for its members. That’s a good thing and he should continue.   However, it is our job as parents to advocate for our children.  And that’s a good thing too.  Hopefully, the School Board too will keep its focus on what is best for our children throughout this process. So, I would like to [...]

Dear Editor- When Did Union Become a Dirty Word?

Dear Editor- When Did Union Become a Dirty Word?

The ongoing conversation in our community about the parent-funded "adjuncts" working at El Marino has raised a number of difficult issues for CCUSD. 1. Does a regular paycheck change someone's status from a "volunteer" to an "employee"? 2. When parent groups fund-raise and place people in our classrooms, should they retain control over those employees or should the district be the employer of [...]

Dear Editor – Five Points on the ACE Controversy

Dear Editor – Five Points on the ACE Controversy

Dear Editor- The ACE ‘demand to bargain’ against the Culver City School district over parent-funded adjuncts is being discussed at length. There are serious ethical issues around this dialogue that is essentially about our children. Since the CCUSD board will soon make decisions regarding the future of the highly regarded adjunct program, it makes sense for concerned parties to try to [...]

Dear Editor- Parents Clarify

Dear Editor- Parents Clarify

Dear Editor, Debbie Hamme of the ACE classified union threatened legal action against the District in 2011 that resulted in the District taking control of the one-year old LinHowe booster program away from parents. Those parent-funded employees became employees of the district and... members of Ms. Hamme’s union. She gave a written demand to bargain to the District on Friday over the fate of [...]

Dear Editor – Controversy and Perspective

Dear Editor – Controversy and Perspective

Dear Editor, Wow! The right has really done a number on us! Here we are in Culver City, which prides itself on being liberal, and all it takes is a threat of a grievance by the CCUSD classified employee union (ACE) for union-bashing to rear its ugly head, all while people say “I’m not anti-union.” Can we all please take a very large chill pill? I am a former El Marino parent who happily [...]

Dear Editor- Equality and Immersion

Dear Editor- Equality and Immersion

An open letter regarding the threatened lawsuit by ACE “Association of Classified Employees” against the Culver City School District: In a nutshell, ACE leadership (city union representing clerical and other non-instructional occupations) wants to take over a wildly successful, decades old program in Culver City where parents pool donations to provide native speaking ‘adjuncts’ (paid [...]

Dear Editor- ACE Calls for Clarification

Dear Editor- ACE Calls for Clarification

The union representing the support staff of Culver City Unified School District is calling for the website parentshaverights.org, as well as parent Yahoo groups, to refrain from posting erroneous or misleading information that is fanning the flames surrounding the issue of the El Marino adjuncts. The Association of Classified Employees-Culver City fully supports parent involvement and [...]

Dear Editor – Volunteers, Employees, Parents …and Jobs

Dear Editor – Volunteers, Employees, Parents …and Jobs

We are about to lose one of the best parts of our children’s education: the ALLEM adjuncts-- those hard workers who help your children in the classroom learn Spanish or Japanese. Parents at other schools could also be at risk of losing similar enhancements to their children’s education. Worse, parents’ ability to “volunteer” may be reduced or eliminated. ORIGIN OF THE [...]

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