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posted Sep 3, 2016, 6:30 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 3, 2016, 6:37 PM ]

60 Teachers at Andros Karperos School to Pack Up Their Classroom Personal Belongings on Wednesday 


In preparation for an imminent strike, Yuba City teachers at Andros Karperos School will be packing up their personal belongings from their classrooms and taking boxes to their cars starting between 2:30 and 3:00 PM Wednesday afternoon, and some will be available to speak with the media. This is happening prior to their K-5 back-to-school night, which starts at 5:00 PM.

“This is a difficult time for Yuba City teachers. Most of us spend more time in our classrooms with our students than we do anywhere else. It can feel like a home away from home,” said Yuba City Teachers Association (YCTA) President Dina Luetgens. “Having to pack up and remove our personal belongings — including years of sentimental gifts from students and parents — is an emotional time we hoped would not come, but if we don’t take this stand now, attracting and retaining teachers will only become harder. We think Yuba City students deserve the best teachers. We will not sit back and watch the district make that impossible.”

Yuba City teachers earn more than 13 percent less than the state average, creating a teacher exodus for better-paying districts that’s hurting students and the community. In their latest show of disrespect, Yuba City Unified School District (YCUSD) officials last week broke their promise to meet to discuss resolution of the 2015-16 contract impasse. The YCTA went to the meeting with district officials on Wednesday, Aug. 24, prepared to discuss resolution of the 2015-16 impasse and avert a strike. Unfortunately, the district made it clear it had no interest in doing so.

Later the same day, the district further ignored the impasse by emailing YCTA a proposal for 2016-17 and beyond, as well as releasing it to the public. The district continues to use these smoke-and-mirrors delay tactics to mislead the public and ignore the real issue: attracting and retaining the best teachers for the kids of Yuba City. Last year, more than one in 10 teachers left Yuba City schools for better-paying districts in the area.

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WHAT: Teachers in the Yuba City Unified School District are continuing to clean out their personal belongings from their classrooms in preparation for an imminent strike over poor pay, district disrespect and other issues. About 60 teachers at Andros Karperos School will be packing up Wednesday, and some will be available for media interviews.

WHEN and WHERE: 2:30 – 3:00 PM on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Andros Karperos School, 1700 Camino de Flores, Yuba City.



Yuba City Teachers Association is a chapter of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, which is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.