Category Archives: Education

SFU student activist group demands 2-year tuition freeze ahead of budget vote

Simon Fraser University’s board of governors will vote on the controversial proposed tuition hike Thursday morning.

University Of California Research, Technical Workers Stage 1-Day Strike

BERKELEY (CBS SF / AP) — Research and technical workers are staging a one-day strike at University of California campuses and hospitals, in the Bay Area and across the state, following failed contract negotiations.

The strike Wednesday involves 14,000 members of the University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America. The union and UC officials have been negotiating for the past 20 months to come to a new contract agreement with no success.

Union members perform jobs including running clinical trials, assisting in laboratory tests, managing classroom technology and caring for research animals.

Workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are joining in a sympathy strike as they seek a deal of their own with the UC system.

The scene of picketing workers at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus was all too familiar.

Wage inequality remains at the heart of the issue.

“The university is taking out too much money out to pay high-paid executives six-figure salaries and raises and bonuses instead of taking care of their aligned staff and workers,” said UPTE-CWA 9119 spokesperson Todd Kolze.

“It’s really a question of priorities. It’s got nothing to do with their financial reality,” agreed Erin Brightwell, a speech pathologist and member of the union.

At the UCSF Parnassus campus, about 100 picketers from the UPTE were joined by AFSCME union workers in solidarity.

“Really, what the university refuses to talk about is the heart of the issue, which is inequality and outsourcing,” Kathryn Lybarger, president of AFSCME Local 3299, told KPIX 5.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is again seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, addressed strikers at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“What we are seeing all across this country is a war being waged against the working people of America,” Sanders told a rally.

“It is a sad state of affairs when people who work at this university cannot live in this community because they cannot afford to buy housing or pay the rent,” he said.

UPTE members said UC has given its last, best and final offer of a 12-percent raise over five years.

UCSF said Wednesday’s strike forced 650 doctor’s visits and 150 chemo appointments to be rescheduled.

To make the day as seamless as possible for patients, weekend staffing and contracted employees were brought in.

“Still, it is an emotional toll in some ways and a burden to the patient’s families who have to bring them here as well,” said Sheila Antrum, a registered nurse who is also Senior VP and COO at UCSF Health.

UC spokeswoman Claire Doan characterized the strike as “organized theatrics.”

“Three disruptive strikes in less than one year come at a cost to everyone — patients, students and UC communities — while doing nothing to help unionized workers get closer to a contract and wage increases,” Doan said in a statement.

Neither side could say when a resolution might be reached.

“I have no idea when this is going to be settled. I don’t have a crystal ball,” said Kolze.

This strike is set to continue at locations on both sides of the Bay throughout the day and at all campuses across California.

© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

North Bay Elementary School Students Find Porn On iPads

SONOMA (KPIX 5) — Last week, in a 2nd grade classroom at Sonoma’s Prestwood Elementary, a student conducted a YouTube search for the word “kissing” and a euphemism for the female anatomy and found inappropriate material. YouTube’s algorithm offered even more inappropriate links from there.

“They weren’t typing in things that were incredibly inappropriate, they were just able to keep clicking through and seeing more and more inappropriate stuff,” said Bruce Abbott, assistant superintendent of business at Sonoma Valley Unified School District.

During spring break, district technicians are going classroom-by-classroom to check the internet history of each of the 700 iPads in kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms. The district is also removing YouTube and Apple’s Safari browser from from all of the iPads, as well as blocking both sites and Twitter from the Google Chromebooks that 3rd through 5th graders use.

The district had filters in place, but it is also adding monitoring software to all teachers’ computers so they can watch what the students are browsing remotely.

“Kids are going to wander, kids are going to type in and see what happens–kids experiment. So we want to make sure we have the ways when we do that — we’ll stop them,” Abbott said.

Parents say tech companies also need to step up to protect children.

“I think there’s a big responsibility for the companies to be improving those algorithms,” said parent Ryan Rindels.

Butler College Prep Kids Get Scholarship Surprise

CHICAGO (CBS) — Five high school seniors at the far South Side Butler College Prep received the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday.

During the school’s “Draft Day” presentation, UIC offered those students full ride scholarships to study education as part of its Call Me MiSTER program. The goal: To get students of color to return to their communities with a teaching degree.

“The elation they expressed to receive scholarships to become teachers, it’s nothing like it,” said Alfred Tatum, Dean of the College of Education, UIC.

“That’s my dream growing up,” said student Teon Nesbitt. “Somehow, some way, I just wanted to give back to my community and help my people.”

“We are going to be a part of generational change and multigenerational change because of these young men,” added Chris Goins, Principal at Butler College Prep. “They are going to touch lives that I am never going to meet and that just excites me.”

The Call Me MiSTER program stands for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role (Models.) Right now the program is operating in 31 schools across the country.