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Parents Put School Board on Notice: You Will Be Recalled; NHUSD Managers Again Refuse to Compromise, No Agreement Reached

UNION CITY – New Haven Unified parent Lisa Rodriguez told all five school board members that the community has lost confidence in them.  Then, she put trustees Sharon Kaur, Lance Nishihira and Jeff Wang on notice of parents’ intent to circulate a recall petition. 


This board of education has successfully driven a wedge between the district, and the teachers, parents and students of this community,” Rodriguez told all five trustees. “This is not a playground disagreement; the choices you have made are affecting the lives of our children.”


She presented letters of intent to Nishihira and Wang to begin recall proceedings, and to ultimately have them removed as trustees. Kaur was served papers at a residence in Santa Clara. Board members have seven days to respond to the Alameda Registrar of Voters office.


While trustees Sarabjit Kaur Cheema and Linda Canlas were not included, parents and other speakers noted they would be watching their performance. Hundreds of people attended the board meeting and voiced their concern, and respect for teachers.


WHAT: Facebook Live/Media Opportunities regarding Day 12 of the NHTA Strike
Where: Featuring Decoto School of Independent Study - 
725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA 94587

When: Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 a.m.

There was an extended bargaining session today and again no deal, so day 12 of the strike starts tomorrow. “After countless hours, days, and months of trying to get the school district managers to compromise, we still don’t have an agreement.  However, we do have the admiration, support and respect of our community,” said NHTA President Joe Ku’e Angeles. “This strike isn’t about a contract anymore.  We’re fighting for the heart and soul of New Haven schools.”


Negotiations resume at 11 a.m.


“The budget is a reflection of your priorities, and how much you value teachers,” Angeles said. “NHUSD managers can afford our proposal, they choose not to. Their decision to not end this strike hurts our students, our teachers and our community.  Our students and teachers deserve better.”

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NHTA President & Staff

NHTA President & Staff

The New haven Teachers Association (NHTA) was established to ensure that the rights of the most valuable professionals, teachers, are protected. NHTA is an affiliate of the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA). By being part of the local, state and national conversations of education issues, NHTA is current on all the challenges and changes that impact service in public education. 

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