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Capistrano Unified School District board's decision to unilaterally impose 10.1 percent pay cuts on all CUSD teachers to help close the district's gaping $34 million budget deficit has been met with outcries from both teachers and students.
1 - 6 of 6 Comments Last updated Apr 24, 2010

Since: Apr 08

Mission Viejo, CA

#1 Apr 9, 2010
10% is rather a steep pay cut for teachers but 5%-7.5% is more modest. Heck, a lot of people in the private sector are taking pay cuts or getting laid off.

The one problem that I foresee doing that is that OC is such a high price county that it drive away talent from teaching.

San Clemente, CA

#2 Apr 21, 2010
The problem is that the board wants to make all cuts permanent instead of temporary. Eventually the financial shortfall will cease and the teachers will be stuck with a permanent pay decrease. This board needs to get a clue and negotiate..We have outstanding teachers, many with masters and higher degrees, teaching our kids and we want to keep these well educated caring teachers in our district.

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#3 Apr 24, 2010
How is it that people with Bachelors, Masters and (more?) can use all of this education directed towards a career, and then not know that the pay isn't great?
The problem is that the union wants the cut to automatically end on a certain date also.
The union has said the cut makes sense. There is no reason to agree to ending the cuts without that end being tied to restoring lost programs, WHEN (or if) the sate ever does recover.
Let's also remember the union has offered a 6%+ cut, PLUS an increase in some class sizes. So, a 4% difference, PLUS throwing a number of their own members (newer teachers) under the bus. It's all about the kids I guess

Since: Apr 08

Mission Viejo, CA

#4 Apr 24, 2010
If you want the solution, repeal Prop 13 and then place tight budgetary controls on how the state budgeting process is done.

Proper fiscal management is required to solve this problem. Perhaps California needs to be ruled by liberal accountant.(Liberals that believe in progressive government but want to tight fiscal controls to ensure that money is properly spent).

A liberal accountant is oxymoron but they do exist.

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#5 Apr 24, 2010
Yeah, because the state of California's biggest problem is there are not enough taxes!
prop 13 repealed would put the final death blow on the housing market

Since: Apr 08

Mission Viejo, CA

#6 Apr 24, 2010
socalgawfer wrote:
Yeah, because the state of California's biggest problem is there are not enough taxes!
prop 13 repealed would put the final death blow on the housing market
If you think that are so smart, please provide a brief outline of the solution that would end the crises.

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