Striking teachers rally in Los Angeles

admin   •   January 15, 2019   •   1601

Aerial view of rally outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States on January 14, 2019 | Reuters

More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding pay raises and smaller classes walked off the job in America’s second-largest school system on Monday (January 14), marching downtown in the rain after negotiations over a new contract broke down.

Students arriving for classes at some 900 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were met by their teachers carrying picket signs in the city’s first teachers’ strike in three decades. The system educates some 640,000 students.

Some 20,000 teachers, union members and supporters gathered outside City Hall, carrying umbrellas in a rare Southern California rainstorm and chanting as they prepared to march toward district headquarters. No end date has been given for the strike.

Officials for the district, which serves mostly working-class families who would struggle to find child care if classes were canceled, kept schools open, staffed by administrators and substitute teachers. — Reuters

Pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash may have become disoriented in heavy fog – NTSB

UNTV News   •   June 18, 2020

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in foothills near Los Angeles, killing basketball great Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all seven others on board, likely became disoriented in the fog, federal investigators said on Wednesday (June 17).

The National Transportation Safety Board report said pilot Ara Zobayan told air traffic controllers that his helicopter was climbing, when in fact it was descending shortly before slamming into a hillside outside the community of Calabasas on Jan. 26.

The NTSB said that pilots can become confused over an aircraft’s attitude and acceleration when they cannot see the sky or landscape around them, causing “spacial disorientation.”

“Without outside references or attention to the helicopter’s attitude display, the actual pitch and bank angles have the potential to be misperceived,” the NTSB said.

The findings came in a “public docket” released by the NTSB as it investigates the crash. The agency has not yet released its final report. (Reuters)

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Teachers set up mobile graduation for students

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 2, 2020

If the students cannot go on stage to receive their diploma, then the stage will go to the students.

Teachers in Camarines Norte set up mobile graduation for their elementary students amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).

In order to still adhere to social distancing and other health safety protocols under the GCQ, teachers of Bagasbas Elementary School in Daet, Camarines Norte set up a tricycle with a back-drop and went to the students’ houses.

According to Neri Rieza, Principal of Bagasbas Elementary School, students can only have one elementary graduation so they want their students to experience it amid the limitations of the GCQ.

Ang lagi po nating nakikita ay nasa stage sila, tumatanggap ng certificate o diploma na hindi nararanasan ngayon. Kaya po sabi ko dapat gumawa ng paraan (What we can always see is the students are on stage receiving their certificate or diploma which they cannot experience now. That’s why I said we must find ways),” she said.

Around 86 students graduated under the mobile graduation ceremony.

Rain Ashley Sureta, one of the graduates, expressed her happiness after graduating. She also wants to become a teacher someday.

Masayang masaya po kasi makakaranas ako ng graduation, matagal ko na po kasi pinapangarap na makagraduate (I am very happy to graduate, I have been dreaming about this for a long time), she said.

Mobile graduation only proves that milestones can still be celebrated while facing challenges. –AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)

Deped school-based personnel to receive PBB for 2018

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) has announced that school-based personnel in the department are now eligible to receive the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has granted Deped’s request for school-based personnel to receive PBB for 2018.

“We are delighted that the DBM has granted our request for reconsideration on the matter of the PBB. We truly appreciate the desire to recognize the contributions of DepEd to the fulfillment of goals of the government,” she said.

In a statement, Deped said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has decided to grant the 2018 PBB for teaching and non-teaching school-based personnel in all elementary and secondary schools nationwide.

The PBB is still subject to the submission of DepEd’s school level performance rating and ranking. 

Meawhile, the Education Department will still appeal for re-consideration and exhaust all possible courses of action for its non-school-based personnel to likewise receive the PBB.

“We are still appealing to the DBM and AO25TF to reconsider the grant of eligibility to all DepEd non-teaching staff too, especially that they have been contributors to the improvement of the performance indicators of the DepEd and will be the ones who will be directly exposed to extreme risk and hazards during ECQ in processing the payment of the PBB 2018 for the school-based positions,” Briones said. — AAC

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