California Educator

October/November 2019

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the stress, and many advised him to settle for the sake of his health. But after a con- versation with his wife, Lopez decided to fight to clear his name. "If you're in the right, you don't just take it," he says. "Growing up as a Latino in Texas, I've been fighting all my life. I've been aware of prejudice and I 've been subject to it, but I haven't just taken it." I n A p r i l , a n a d m i n i s t r a t i v e l a w ju d ge si d ed w ith L op ez, f in din g th at hi s transgressions m erit ed an admo- nition, not credential revocation. And i n Ju ly, t h e C T C a d o p t e d t h e j u d ge's f i n d i n g s c o m p l e t e l y, w h i c h f i n a l l y ended the ordeal . "CTA went above and beyond for me," Lopez says. "Know that if you are right, CTA will stick with you." Sadly, after Lopez left Burbank High School, the district never hired a replace- ment to teach auto shop, according to Lori Adams, former Burbank Teachers Association president and current CTA staff. This meant as many as 180 auto shop students were pushed into art and cooking classes they didn't want, lead- ing to numerous issues for students and educators. One teacher resigned, another was written up after a fight broke out in her class, and a third was constantly harassed about grading in art class. "It was a disaster after we lost auto shop," Adams laments. Th e bullying principal in qu estion unexpectedly announced he was leaving Burbank High at the end of last school year, citing health concerns. The Protection and Strength of CTA M A N O L O L O P E Z says the support of CTA throughout his ordeal was invaluable and kept up his spirits when times were tough. He urges all CTA mem- bers to learn more about their local associations in case the unexpected happens. "Be very familiar with your union representative. Always have them present at your meetings with administra- tors," he says. "Be aware of your safety net. I had the prin- cipal lie right to my face, and my BTA rep was right there taking notes." Visit for more information. 55 O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 019 C FIND YOUR DREAM HOME AND Provident Credit Union's Mortgage Program 1. Relationship pricing credit of the additional $250 off closing costs is based on you having one of the following Provident products: home equity loan/line of credit, auto/boat/RV/motorcycle loan, checking with direct deposit, or certificate/IRA. 2. Single family/owner-occupied homes and second homes in California only. Other restrictions may apply. Membership required. Subject to final approval. 3. The guarantee to close within 10 business days does not apply if delays occur by third parties, including but not limited to realtors, borrowers, and/or sellers. Down payment must be from borrower's own source of funds and does not include non-lender paid fees, impounds, or reserves. Provident Credit Union guarantees to close your loan by the date specified in the purchase contract, provided this date is 10 business days from contract date and we have received a complete loan application and all requested documents. If the loan fails to close on time due to a delay by Provident Credit Union, we will credit $995.00 of the buyer's closing costs at time of funding (POWER Funding must be requested at time of application). This offer may not be combined with other satisfaction guarantee offers. Borrowers must meet Provident Credit Union's lending guidelines. Any alteration to the loan amount or loan terms by, or per request of, borrower will invalidate the guarantee. Property must appraise at or above the sale price. POWER Funding is only available for properties in the Bay Area, which include San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, San Francisco County, Alameda County, and Contra Costa County. Other restrictions apply. NMLS #412725 ©PCU 5/19 • Exclusive .125% mortgage rate discount for CTA members • $100 discount on a standard mortgage loan for CTA members • Receive $250 towards closing costs from Provident Credit Union 1 • Exclusive Movable ® Mortgage 2 • Experienced and knowledgeable Provident Mortgage Consultants to guide you • Power Funding 10-Day Guarantee 3 Three ways to apply: 1) Online at 2) Visit your local branch 3) Call (800) 632-4600 Approved by: SAVE Enroll in Online Banking to receive payment alerts, check your balance, transfer funds, and pay your mortgage loan. GET PRE-APPROVED FOR A PROVIDENT MORTGAGE LOAN.

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