California Educator

February 2016

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Compiled by MIKE MYSLINSKI "The vastly more important issue in this case is whether the Supreme Court will undermine the ability of unions to effec- tively represent all of their workers at the bargaining table. The court should refuse to do so and reaffirm the Abood decision." —Los Angeles Times editorial on Jan. 11, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the Friedrichs v. CTA lawsuit to ban Fair Share fees and uphold the 1977 Abood ruling allowing the fees. "e Friedrichs case is fundamentally about something we teach our students every day : fairness. Since 1977, Abood has provided a fair compromise. e court should preserve Abood, and fairness for students, educators and the middle class." —CTA President ERIC HEINS, in his Jan. 11 San Francisco Chronicle commentary about the anti-union Friedrichs lawsuit. "The damage from potentially eliminating Fair Share fees isn't limited to students and schools. Any decision in Friedrichs will apply not just to teachers, but to all government employees, including firefighters, nurses and social workers. Essentially, taking away Fair Share fees would have broad consequences affecting all public service workers, their communities and the middle class at large." —LINDSAY BURNINGHAM, president of the San Diego Education Association, in her Jan. 23 opinion piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Our analysis shows California on a trajectory that, if left unchecked, will likely result in increased teacher shortages and greater inequities among students in different communities." —Stanford professor LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, lead author of the new report "Addressing California's Emerging Teacher Shortage: An Analysis of Sources and Solutions," as quoted in the Jan. 21 Monterey Herald. "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings." —CARL JUNG, Swiss psychologist and author. Quotes & Numbers 46th Ranking of California nationally in per-pupil state funding, as of 2013, according to Education Week's annual "Quality Counts" report released on Jan. 7. California had the same dismal ranking last year. $3,451 How far California is below the national average for per-pupil spending, according to the same Education Week report. $10,000 Signing bonus amount offered by the Soledad Unified School District in Monterey County to math and science teachers, due to California's teacher shortage. 13.9% Decline in the number of California students expelled during the 2014-15 academic year. The number of students suspended declined 12.8 percent compared with the year before, the California Department of Education announced Jan. 13. $10.3 billion Amount of student fees and subsidies spent on U.S. public university sports programs since 2010, as cited in the February issue of Harper's. W E C O M B T H E M E D I A daily for the best quotes and statistics about public edu- cation. If you discover a quote or stat you think we should highlight, send it along with your name to 13 February 2016 e Numbers

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