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Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb @webmeadow Here's a true story about my dad. whenl was little, we were on a beach in Oregon and he found a message in a bottle. The note contained an address, with a plea in a young boy's handwriting to senda postcard and let him know how far the bottle had traveled 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Replying to @webmeadow It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand. He decided to wait until we got back to California to send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle floated all the way south. 3 t 39 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle back in the ocean for someone else to find!" Then he shared the address with his brother, who sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks later. His postcard ended the same way L 26 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to this kid from all the places they traveled, always saying they were throwing the bottle back in the water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I found it in the Thames!" 2 th 36 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter because he'd memorized it long ago 2 th 26 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was all in. That's the kind of guy he was 112 O 6.3K positive-memes:I threw it back into the ocean
Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb
 @webmeadow
 Here's a true story about my dad. whenl
 was little, we were on a beach in Oregon
 and he found a message in a bottle.
 The note contained an address, with a plea
 in a young boy's handwriting to senda
 postcard and let him know how far the
 bottle had traveled
 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client
 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Replying to @webmeadow
 It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from
 the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a
 whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand.
 He decided to wait until we got back to California to
 send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle
 floated all the way south.
 3
 t 39
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle
 back in the ocean for someone else to find!"
 Then he shared the address with his brother, who
 sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks
 later. His postcard ended the same way
 L 26
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to
 this kid from all the places they traveled, always
 saying they were throwing the bottle back in the
 water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I
 found it in the Thames!"
 2
 th 36
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the
 handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid
 postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked
 towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the
 address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter
 because he'd memorized it long ago
 2
 th 26
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has
 hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy
 handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good
 deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was
 all in. That's the kind of guy he was
 112
 O 6.3K
positive-memes:I threw it back into the ocean

positive-memes:I threw it back into the ocean

Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb @webmeadow Here's a true story about my dad. whenl was little, we were on a beach in Oregon and he found a message in a bottle. The note contained an address, with a plea in a young boy's handwriting to senda postcard and let him know how far the bottle had traveled 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Replying to @webmeadow It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand. He decided to wait until we got back to California to send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle floated all the way south. 3 t 39 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle back in the ocean for someone else to find!" Then he shared the address with his brother, who sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks later. His postcard ended the same way L 26 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to this kid from all the places they traveled, always saying they were throwing the bottle back in the water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I found it in the Thames!" 2 th 36 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter because he'd memorized it long ago 2 th 26 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was all in. That's the kind of guy he was 112 O 6.3K positive-memes: I threw it back into the ocean
Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb
 @webmeadow
 Here's a true story about my dad. whenl
 was little, we were on a beach in Oregon
 and he found a message in a bottle.
 The note contained an address, with a plea
 in a young boy's handwriting to senda
 postcard and let him know how far the
 bottle had traveled
 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client
 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Replying to @webmeadow
 It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from
 the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a
 whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand.
 He decided to wait until we got back to California to
 send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle
 floated all the way south.
 3
 t 39
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle
 back in the ocean for someone else to find!"
 Then he shared the address with his brother, who
 sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks
 later. His postcard ended the same way
 L 26
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to
 this kid from all the places they traveled, always
 saying they were throwing the bottle back in the
 water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I
 found it in the Thames!"
 2
 th 36
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the
 handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid
 postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked
 towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the
 address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter
 because he'd memorized it long ago
 2
 th 26
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has
 hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy
 handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good
 deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was
 all in. That's the kind of guy he was
 112
 O 6.3K
positive-memes:

I threw it back into the ocean

positive-memes: I threw it back into the ocean

Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb @webmeadow Here's a true story about my dad. whenl was little, we were on a beach in Oregon and he found a message in a bottle. The note contained an address, with a plea in a young boy's handwriting to senda postcard and let him know how far the bottle had traveled 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Replying to @webmeadow It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand. He decided to wait until we got back to California to send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle floated all the way south. 3 t 39 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle back in the ocean for someone else to find!" Then he shared the address with his brother, who sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks later. His postcard ended the same way L 26 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to this kid from all the places they traveled, always saying they were throwing the bottle back in the water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I found it in the Thames!" 2 th 36 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter because he'd memorized it long ago 2 th 26 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was all in. That's the kind of guy he was 112 O 6.3K I threw it back into the ocean
Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb
 @webmeadow
 Here's a true story about my dad. whenl
 was little, we were on a beach in Oregon
 and he found a message in a bottle.
 The note contained an address, with a plea
 in a young boy's handwriting to senda
 postcard and let him know how far the
 bottle had traveled
 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client
 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Replying to @webmeadow
 It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from
 the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a
 whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand.
 He decided to wait until we got back to California to
 send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle
 floated all the way south.
 3
 t 39
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle
 back in the ocean for someone else to find!"
 Then he shared the address with his brother, who
 sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks
 later. His postcard ended the same way
 L 26
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to
 this kid from all the places they traveled, always
 saying they were throwing the bottle back in the
 water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I
 found it in the Thames!"
 2
 th 36
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the
 handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid
 postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked
 towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the
 address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter
 because he'd memorized it long ago
 2
 th 26
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has
 hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy
 handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good
 deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was
 all in. That's the kind of guy he was
 112
 O 6.3K
I threw it back into the ocean

I threw it back into the ocean

Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb @webmeadow Here's a true story about my dad. whenl was little, we were on a beach in Oregon and he found a message in a bottle. The note contained an address, with a plea in a young boy's handwriting to senda postcard and let him know how far the bottle had traveled 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Replying to @webmeadow It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand. He decided to wait until we got back to California to send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle floated all the way south. 3 t 39 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle back in the ocean for someone else to find!" Then he shared the address with his brother, who sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks later. His postcard ended the same way L 26 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to this kid from all the places they traveled, always saying they were throwing the bottle back in the water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I found it in the Thames!" 2 th 36 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter because he'd memorized it long ago 2 th 26 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was all in. That's the kind of guy he was 112 O 6.3K I threw it back into the ocean
Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb
 @webmeadow
 Here's a true story about my dad. whenl
 was little, we were on a beach in Oregon
 and he found a message in a bottle.
 The note contained an address, with a plea
 in a young boy's handwriting to senda
 postcard and let him know how far the
 bottle had traveled
 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client
 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Replying to @webmeadow
 It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from
 the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a
 whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand.
 He decided to wait until we got back to California to
 send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle
 floated all the way south.
 3
 t 39
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle
 back in the ocean for someone else to find!"
 Then he shared the address with his brother, who
 sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks
 later. His postcard ended the same way
 L 26
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to
 this kid from all the places they traveled, always
 saying they were throwing the bottle back in the
 water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I
 found it in the Thames!"
 2
 th 36
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the
 handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid
 postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked
 towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the
 address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter
 because he'd memorized it long ago
 2
 th 26
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has
 hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy
 handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good
 deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was
 all in. That's the kind of guy he was
 112
 O 6.3K
I threw it back into the ocean

I threw it back into the ocean

Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb @webmeadow Here's a true story about my dad. whenl was little, we were on a beach in Oregon and he found a message in a bottle. The note contained an address, with a plea in a young boy's handwriting to senda postcard and let him know how far the bottle had traveled 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Replying to @webmeadow It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand. He decided to wait until we got back to California to send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle floated all the way south. 3 t 39 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle back in the ocean for someone else to find!" Then he shared the address with his brother, who sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks later. His postcard ended the same way L 26 O 1.1K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to this kid from all the places they traveled, always saying they were throwing the bottle back in the water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I found it in the Thames!" 2 th 36 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter because he'd memorized it long ago 2 th 26 1.4K Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was all in. That's the kind of guy he was 112 O 6.3K I threw it back into the ocean via /r/wholesomememes http://bit.ly/2FnD4Hi
Chicago, Dad, and Friends: Eileen Webb
 @webmeadow
 Here's a true story about my dad. whenl
 was little, we were on a beach in Oregon
 and he found a message in a bottle.
 The note contained an address, with a plea
 in a young boy's handwriting to senda
 postcard and let him know how far the
 bottle had traveled
 6:11 PM- Jan 9, 2019 Twitter Web Client
 3.8K Retweets 2.8KLikes
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Replying to @webmeadow
 It had very clearly been thrown in the ocean from
 the nearby crab docks. It probably traveled a
 whopping 1/2 mile before washing up in the sand.
 He decided to wait until we got back to California to
 send the postcard, so it would seem like the bottle
 floated all the way south.
 3
 t 39
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 The postcard ended by saying "I threw the bottle
 back in the ocean for someone else to find!"
 Then he shared the address with his brother, who
 sent a similar postcard from Seattle a few weeks
 later. His postcard ended the same way
 L 26
 O 1.1K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 They did this for DECADES, sending postcards to
 this kid from all the places they traveled, always
 saying they were throwing the bottle back in the
 water. Mexico, Alaska, Boston, Florida, London! "I
 found it in the Thames!"
 2
 th 36
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Sometimes he'd recruit friends, so that the
 handwriting didn't always match. He sent that kid
 postcards from Chicago, from Paris, from landlocked
 towns in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He kept the
 address in his wallet, though it didn't really matter
 because he'd memorized it long ago
 2
 th 26
 1.4K
 Eileen Webb @webmeadow 20h
 Somewhere out there a grown man from Tacoma has
 hundreds of postcards in my dad's scratchy
 handwriting. If there was a way he could do a good
 deed *while also being slightly mischievous*, he was
 all in. That's the kind of guy he was
 112
 O 6.3K
I threw it back into the ocean via /r/wholesomememes http://bit.ly/2FnD4Hi

I threw it back into the ocean via /r/wholesomememes http://bit.ly/2FnD4Hi

Amazon, Complex, and Jeff Bezos: Dazed Jeff Bezos Realizes He Spent Entire Conversation Thinking About How To Automate Person Talking To Him theonion: SEATTLE—Suddenly snapping back to attention, a dazed Jeff Bezos reportedly realized Thursday that he had spent an entire conversation thinking about how to automate the person talking to him. “Sorry, could you repeat that? I just lost focus for a second [as I indifferently watched you open and close your mouth, becoming increasingly aware of the fact that a simple machine could do the exact same things as you],” Bezos said to the Amazon vice president in front of him, even as he resumed brainstorming a complex algorithm that would streamline the executive’s duties, perform them with greater speed and efficiency, and possibly even capture some of his unique human qualities to make it user-friendly. “Whoops, there I go again. I must’ve spaced out [after realizing I could probably render you completely irrelevant within just a few years]. I guess I’m really distracted today [by the tantalizing thought of an automaton executing every one of your relevant functions for no salary with never a single complaint].” Bezos, who suddenly recalled a series of vivid dreams from the previous night in which he automated the entire American workforce, went on to apologize for not getting much sleep.
Amazon, Complex, and Jeff Bezos: Dazed Jeff Bezos Realizes
 He Spent Entire Conversation
 Thinking About How To Automate
 Person Talking To Him
theonion:

SEATTLE—Suddenly snapping back to attention, a dazed Jeff Bezos reportedly realized Thursday that he had spent an entire conversation thinking about how to automate the person talking to him. “Sorry, could you repeat that? I just lost focus for a second [as I indifferently watched you open and close your mouth, becoming increasingly aware of the fact that a simple machine could do the exact same things as you],” Bezos said to the Amazon vice president in front of him, even as he resumed brainstorming a complex algorithm that would streamline the executive’s duties, perform them with greater speed and efficiency, and possibly even capture some of his unique human qualities to make it user-friendly. “Whoops, there I go again. I must’ve spaced out [after realizing I could probably render you completely irrelevant within just a few years]. I guess I’m really distracted today [by the tantalizing thought of an automaton executing every one of your relevant functions for no salary with never a single complaint].” Bezos, who suddenly recalled a series of vivid dreams from the previous night in which he automated the entire American workforce, went on to apologize for not getting much sleep.

theonion: SEATTLE—Suddenly snapping back to attention, a dazed Jeff Bezos reportedly realized Thursday that he had spent an entire conversa...

Facebook, Friday, and New York: FRIDAY, AUG 31, 2018, 6:00 PM In a Historic Move, Los Angeles Educators Vote To Strike BY JANE MCALEVEY R Share | y Tweet Reddit Ju StumbleUpon @ Email Print Thousands came to the #Allin4Respect rally in downtown Los Angeles in May, part of the lead-up to the strike. (Photo from UTLA Facebook) berniesrevolution: IN THESE TIMES Today teachers and education workers in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the country (after New York), voted 98 percent to 2 percent to authorize their first strike in nearly 30 years. Last spring’s strikes and school walkouts by educators from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Arizona and more, took place in so-called red states. This school year, the strikes have moved to blue states, with teachers in Washington state school districts already on strike and Seattle teachers approving a strike vote earlier this week. The LA educators will likely go on strike, if they can’t negotiate a settlement through mediation, in mid-to-late October. They have been working under an expired contract for over a year, since June 30, 2017. At the top of the educators’ list of demands are reducing class size; less testing and more teaching time; basics such as new textbooks, and restoring essential support structures that students need, including school nurses and guidance counselors. California, despite being one of the wealthiest states in the nation, ranks 43 out of 50 in funding per pupil, according to the union. Julia Lathin, an art history teacher at Hamilton High, says, “Our school has over 2,000 students and one nurse, but she was only hired to be here part time. Because of this, I let my students know that I have a cabinet in my classroom that’s always stocked with pads and tampons. I need these kids focused on their education and not worrying about if they’re going to bleed through their pants at school because there isn’t always a nurse on campus.” Out of dozens of teachers interviewed for this article, not one placed wages at the top of their priorities list. When asked, “If management offered to meet your salary demands and nothing else, would you still plan to strike?”, all said yes. Among the top concern voiced by teachers is the need to eliminate Section 1.5 of their contract, which allows teacher-to-student ratios of 1 teacher—alone in their class without assistance—to up to 46 students. That’s right: one teacher responsible for up to 46 students. Brandon Abraham, an English teacher with 18 years of teaching experience, says, “When I started teaching in 1999, the teacher to student ratio was 1:20. I had twenty students in my class. These days, because of all the cuts, we don’t even have school librarians anymore, we are teaching basic literacy. They keep cutting and cutting and cutting essential services that students need to learn. To do a good job—which we do—is hard enough when conditions are perfect, but when the conditions get this challenging, it’s hard to motivate and inspire students. The problem is, really good teachers are leaving the profession because the conditions have become so difficult.” (Continue Reading)
Facebook, Friday, and New York: FRIDAY, AUG 31, 2018, 6:00 PM
 In a Historic Move, Los Angeles
 Educators Vote To Strike
 BY JANE MCALEVEY
 R Share | y Tweet Reddit Ju StumbleUpon @ Email Print
 Thousands came to the #Allin4Respect rally in downtown Los Angeles in May, part of the lead-up to the strike. (Photo from
 UTLA Facebook)
berniesrevolution:
IN THESE TIMES
Today teachers and education workers in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the country (after New York), voted 98 percent to 2 percent to authorize their first strike in nearly 30 years.
Last spring’s strikes and school walkouts by educators from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Arizona and more, took place in so-called red states. This school year, the strikes have moved to blue states, with teachers in Washington state school districts already on strike and Seattle teachers approving a strike vote earlier this week. The LA educators will likely go on strike, if they can’t negotiate a settlement through mediation, in mid-to-late October.
They have been working under an expired contract for over a year, since June 30, 2017. At the top of the educators’ list of demands are reducing class size; less testing and more teaching time; basics such as new textbooks, and restoring essential support structures that students need, including school nurses and guidance counselors.
California, despite being one of the wealthiest states in the nation, ranks 43 out of 50 in funding per pupil, according to the union. Julia Lathin, an art history teacher at Hamilton High, says, “Our school has over 2,000 students and one nurse, but she was only hired to be here part time. Because of this, I let my students know that I have a cabinet in my classroom that’s always stocked with pads and tampons. I need these kids focused on their education and not worrying about if they’re going to bleed through their pants at school because there isn’t always a nurse on campus.”
Out of dozens of teachers interviewed for this article, not one placed wages at the top of their priorities list. When asked, “If management offered to meet your salary demands and nothing else, would you still plan to strike?”, all said yes. Among the top concern voiced by teachers is the need to eliminate Section 1.5 of their contract, which allows teacher-to-student ratios of 1 teacher—alone in their class without assistance—to up to 46 students. That’s right: one teacher responsible for up to 46 students.
Brandon Abraham, an English teacher with 18 years of teaching experience, says, “When I started teaching in 1999, the teacher to student ratio was 1:20. I had twenty students in my class. These days, because of all the cuts, we don’t even have school librarians anymore, we are teaching basic literacy. They keep cutting and cutting and cutting essential services that students need to learn. To do a good job—which we do—is hard enough when conditions are perfect, but when the conditions get this challenging, it’s hard to motivate and inspire students. The problem is, really good teachers are leaving the profession because the conditions have become so difficult.”
(Continue Reading)

berniesrevolution: IN THESE TIMES Today teachers and education workers in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the country (af...