Thursday, July 02, 2009 | What is little understood is that the accusations against these teachers are often entirely false – it is a way to get rid of union members, union reps, and older teachers who pull larger salaries. There was an all out war on those groups in the past ten years in SDUSD. The teachers languish at home, waiting for a hearing in a kangaroo court, with charges that range from criminal to those that would cause loss of a credential, completely setup by the district’s attorneys and administration. The principals and admins learned how to do this – as a cost-saving measure and way to break the union. It was legal and with the help of the broken legal system, which could cost innocent teachers a hundred or two hundred thousand easily, only to lose, it was a despicable and discriminatory act repeated over and over. The teachers who were taken off the job waited, often, quite upset, when all they wanted was to be back at work and be treated with respect for the good job they were previously doing.

To read about this in depth, buy Janice Howes’ The Black Hole in the Blueprint, available on She is a local, highly successful, talented teacher who was set up to lose her job and credentials. Her crime? Teaching into her 60’s.

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