Honor Labor

A message to the 1,700 educators I represent in the San Jose Unified School District, and to my sisters and brothers everywhere.   Monday is Labor Day and, for many …
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A Case of the Somedays

Dear SJTA, I have a case of the somedays. Someday, public education will be funded at the level that our students and teachers deserve, and not at a level less …
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Of Bread, Butter, and Benefits

Eight months ago, I received a phone call that utterly terrified and transformed me. The doctor on the other end  of the line informed me that I had an eleven …
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New Year, New Challenges

Maybe this is something we all do: We block the memories of our first few days of teaching. I was talking with a colleague who started teaching next door to …
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Welcome Back

Today’s blog comes from a speech I made on August 8th at the 2013-2014 opening meeting for all San Jose Unified employees. I was fortunate to have the chance, along …
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