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All-Member Meeting Provides Direction to NHTA Leadership, Bargaining Team; Parents File Recall Paperwork
UNION CITY – Day 12 of the New Haven teacher strike saw the educators who teach the students in Union City and South Hayward coming together to provide direction for the NHTA leadership and bargaining team. Educators showered their bargaining team with appreciation and support as they vowed to get the best deal possible for NHTA members and students.
Nearly 100% NHTA members attended the briefing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where they asked questions, heard answers, and shared their ideas and concerns. Members voiced their anger and frustration over the NHUSD managers’ refusal to compromise, about the school board’s continued lack of action and concern for students and teachers, and the disrespect showed to teachers, parents and the community. Teachers were vocal in their desire to return to their classrooms for the last week of school, and were making plans to attend graduation and promotion activities.
When discussing Superintendent Arlando Smith’s June 30 retirement with his high salary and life-time benefits, members noted his legacy of hurting students, destroying relationships, disrespecting teachers, and embarrassing the NHUSD community as a whole. “NHUSD managers are making money every day that we’re out, and none of it’s going to our students,” one teacher said. “Our students are walking dollar signs for Arlando,” said another. Educators also voiced their outrage about how the district administrators are handling student grades, speculating about NHUSD administrators’ ignorance or abuse of California Education Code that covers grading. “Our students are not getting the grades they deserve, and NHUSD managers do not care,” a parent and teacher said. Those who teach seniors have serious concerns about how final grades may impact acceptance into college.
Meanwhile, parents Erika Viray Santos and Colleen Weaver filed paperwork this afternoon with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters to recall New Haven school board members Sharan Kaur, Jeff Wang and Lance Nishihira for their lack of leadership and failure to rein in out-of-control Superintendent Arlando Smith. The three trustees were served with notice of intent to recall during last night’s New Haven School Board meeting.
Community members and parents last night also presented a “vote of no confidence” to the entire school board and Superintendent Smith for their continued failure to fulfill their obligations to New Haven students and voters.