Scapegoating California teachers

Posted on Jun 29, 2014

By Erwin Chemerinsky Published in the June 25, 2014 Orange County Register. Laws providing for job security for teachers are not to blame for educational problems in California or elsewhere. There is little evidence that lessening job protections for teachers would do anything to make education better. In fact, it might make education worse by making teaching a less attractive profession. On June 10, a California Superior Court judge, Rolf Treu,...

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PFA Office Hours

Posted on Jun 29, 2014

The PFA office will be closed to observe the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 4. It will also be closed from Thursday July 10 through Monday July 14 due to the American Federation of Teachers Convention in Los Angeles. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 15. Also, the next Executive Board meeting, which would normally be held on July 10, will not be held until July 24. Mark James Miller, President, Part-Time Faculty Association of Allan...

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PFA Honored With Membership Growth Award

Posted on Jun 22, 2014

As was reported in a brief bulletin sent on June 13, the Part-Time Faculty Association has been honored with a Membership Growth Award by the California Federation of Teachers. These awards are given to locals who have significantly increased their membership in a given year. Since increasing membership is something every local wants to do, competition is strong. This is the first time we at Local 6185 have won this award. We began a serious...

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Dave Yundt: Teacher, Military Man, and Humanitarian

Posted on Jun 22, 2014

By Mark James Miller, PFA President Dave Yundt always wanted to teach, because for him teaching is a way into something else he has always wanted to do, and that is helping people. Teaching at Hancock, which he has done since 1990, enables him to help many different people in many different ways. Dave loves teaching adults, another benefit of working at a community college. “The students want to be there,” he says. He especially likes the...

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Psychology Instructor Gene Kuntz Did Not Let a Near-Fatal Accident Stop Him

Posted on Jun 1, 2014

By Mark James Miller, PFA President Neither a near-fatal auto accident in 1967, nor a debilitating stroke 23 years later could stop Gene from living his life and pursuing his dreams. “I want to live in a community where everyone has a chance to improve,” says Gene Kuntz, who not only speaks these words but lives them. Gene’s is one of those stories that can’t be repeated too many times—that of a person who will not give up in the face...

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