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Beaumont Unified School District has a strategy for dealing with the issue of Classroom Reduction

The districts efforts to deal with classroom reduction.

In the last two school board meetings our educators have brought forward two very important programs that are positive efforts to deal with our enlarged classrooms.  The first program to be introduced was the PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention Support.  Explained by Sean Dickenson and Antoinette Gutierrez at the Sept 25th board meeting, these two outstanding educators gave all the details of the new behavior management program that is designed to standardize how the teachers deal with behavior problems in the classroom environment.  This is great news for all teachers regardless of their classroom size but is a testament to the districts efforts to deal with behavior problems in the classroom that affect all students.  Until such time as we can reverse the classroom sizes or hire more teachers we have to see such new programs as the PBIS make their appearance and become effective if we are to move forward in reaching our goal of leaving no child left behind.

     The second great report came from Instructional Support Coaches Ian Young, Laura Roman, Kelli Boatman and Ingrid Lin.  They presented an update on efforts of all support coaches to work with new teachers to provide them with needed assistance in making the transition to their new schools.  In many cases the transition is one that is from student teaching to teaching students for hire at our district.  So while there is much to complain about at times, I feel that there must also be time to applaud the districts efforts to address problems that we are facing.  In my opinion both of these presentations are working on the problem of overcrowded classrooms. 

    If elected to the school board I will work hard to support these programs and other programs that deal with problems at the source.  Concerns of mine include school safety, increasing attendance or  ADA (average daily attendance), vote against any form of pension spiking, restoration of the GATE program, STEM curriculums at all grade levels and bussing to name a few.  I will reach out to parents to involve them in the decision making process and work for a higher level of transparency in all board decisions.  Thank you, Edward Brown.

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Nancy Gall October 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I think Ed Brown has done a commendable job of explaining teacher pensions, which is why Bta and I personally have endorsed him. I'd like to add a few details. Every teacher pays 8% of his/her salary every single month they teach into State Teacher's Retirement System. We don't pay into Social Security while teaching. If we qualified for social security retirement from other employment, it is offset when we start collecting STRS. We are left with about enough to pay our share on Medicare. In addition, this year our furlough days reduced our pay by 4%. In my case it was $3500. It"s not looking like such a good deal, is it?
Marilyn Beecham October 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Kind of hard to say teachers are taking advantage of benefits, when it seems that City council members are racking up huge amounts in "deferred" medical benefits that they clearly don't need. Its just free money from the taxpayer and a nice perk from the state. One would think they wouldn't be commenting on anyone else taking benefits if they are offered.
Lifer in Bmt. October 24, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Wow, my daughter go hers from Cal State in 2 years while working full time. Mr Brown you must be a slow learner.
Edward Brown October 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Dear Lifer in Beaumont Not a slow learner, just completed a very difficult thesis that required two full years of field research and my thesis topic did not come to me until after the first 6 months of graduate school. Also managed to squeeze in two years of internships at Pioneer Hi-Bred while doing my graduate student research work. Did your daughter write a 200 page thesis and publish it? Not likely, and did she graduate with a 3.95 gpa? I rest my case. Oh, forgot to mention that my work actually only 2.5 yrs and the research was so relevant at the time that I was invited to present my research at the Western Agricultural Chemicals Annual Conference in Lubbock, TX.
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. October 25, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Roger Berg is nothing but a City council BULLY and he's trying to bully Mr. Edwards around and its not working. As you can tell ol'numb-nutz Berg seems to be getting upset.

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