We ❤️ Gompers Preparatory Academy!
In 2005, Gompers converted from a failed district union school (under the SDEA) to escape the failed bureaucracies that made Gompers one of the most dangerous and low-performing schools in the city. Escaping the SDEA union was the best option, and it worked!
Gompers' community made National History in Southeast San Diego....
The SDEA is the teachers voice yet many do not want them! This is an injustice to the kids in South East San Diego. The time has come. Teachers must work together to show the SDEA they are no longer welcome at GPA, just as the majority did in 2004. Currently, the majority of teachers have Opt Out, thereby not paying union dues! Next step is to decertify the SDEA, giving teachers back their power to negotiate their own contract and higher wages.
GPA is Hiring new Teachers and Staff. This is the MOST since 2005. Before the SDEA there was an 85% teacher retention. As a new teacher, just know, MAJORITY of teachers at GPA DO NOT pay Union Dues and you too should not pay. Don't feel pressured or tricked. When approached, say "I will think about it." Find other teachers that are not paying and talk to them. Seek the information as to what teachers received this year for their $1,200. You will hear "Nothing". In fact several were so disappointed, they tried to stop their membership dues!
Teachers and Counselors will have an opportunity to VOTE THE SDEA OUT in an upcoming Vote in 2023. Select the No Representation PLEASE VOTE SDEA OUT of GPA!
San Diego, CA (June, 2020) The union invaded our Gompers in 2018 under the false premise that the school was not serving teachers well. They brought divisiveness and sought to end innovation – and therefore success – at the school.
So far they are getting their way by deceiving our community and brutalizing parents, good teachers, and our leadership. Our school has again become unsafe, not from threat of gang violence or drugs but from something just as corrosive: the greed and power of so-called democratic unions.
San Diego, CA (June, 2020) The invasion started on a Friday morning. A letter – written by a “committee” of eight teachers – was placed in our mailboxes. They claimed their efforts would make Gompers “even greater.”
Since the union invasion, it’s become clear the “committee” went behind the backs of the most senior teachers and dedicated staff at Gompers, including myself, to sneak in a union. Gompers leadership has an open door policy, yet the “committee” of just eight teachers formed without any attempt at conversation, collaboration, or transparency. They got signatures using deceptive tactics and ambushed the rest of us with their sudden introduction letter. Two of the “committee” members no longer even teach at Gompers.
The SDEA is doing whatever it can to divide us, making our school an "Us vs Them" school. That is not the GPA way! That alone should say, enough is enough and vote NO on the SDEA representing us! If thats not enough.....
I am angry but mostly sad that you didn't give our school an opportunity to address or fix whatever issues or concerns you had. A school is made up of teachers, staff, students, parents and community who have to communicate with one another to keep succeeding. Instead, you did not acknowledge any of us and went behind our backs .......
The primary reason Gompers Preparatory Academy converted from a failed district union school (under the SDEA) was to sever ties with the union therby escaping the failed bureaucracies that made Gompers one of the most dangerous and low performing schools in the city. Escaping the union was the best option, and it worked!
You have not told the entire school staff the huge injustices being done at Gompers before it went charter and why it went charter and that story must be told to all staff .....
"I sat in that room and heard the parents pleading with a union rep from SDEA, ‘Please help us.’ And the union representative said, ‘I know this may sound hard, but my responsibility is to the teachers, not to the students.’ And parents just started to weep."
As a first in my family to graduate from high school and now in college, the supports I received from GPA Staff and teachers have been incredible. I talk about how great my school is to others at college and they only wish they could have what I still have today. A connection with my school....
In a meeting, that the Gompers Teachers Association bargaining team knew about, The UNION representative for Gompers Teachers Association Unit Members, met with the NAACP and tried to Prevent Director Riveroll from receiving a well deserved NAACP Award!
Letter from GPA Leadership in response to November Bargaining
Letter from GPA Leadership, in response to Bargaining and attempts by SDEA to block the NAACP award and other SDEA lies
Letter from GPA Leadership. About GPA past, present and future.
Letter from GPA Leadership about what articles have been proposed and countered
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