We ❤️ Gompers Preparatory Academy!
GPA was founded in 2005 without the SDEA Union. Thirteen years later, in 2018, the SDEA returned to GPA without a vote. Teachers were dismayed but determined to have a fair vote so that their voices could be heard. For five years, this struggle for freedom from the SDEA continued. Then, in May 2023, a secret mail-in ballot vote took place, and the results were announced on June 7th, 2023. The majority of teachers voted in favor of no representation. The following two videos provide context for the vote.
900+ community members and parents signed a petition to remove SDEA. This petition was collected by parents walking door to door. Rally against the San Diego Education Association, by GPA teacher, parents and community members
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 is 1 of only 3 conversion charter schools in the country, which makes it different than other charter schools.
Gompers' community made National History in Southeast San Diego....
the Board of Education and Superintendent Marten took action to approve our founders’ on-loan agreements. A motion by Trustee Whitehurst-Payne, seconded by Trustee Beiser, was approved 5-0 for the issuance of on-loan agreements for the 4 personnel at GPA (Riveroll, Maples, Garcia-Ramirez and Franceschi) for as long as these employees choose to remain at GPA. Thank you GPA parents, community members, alumni, staff and students for your hard work and heart work to save our founders. You did it!
FACT: The majority of Teachers and Staff signed a letter of support for our Founders. HOWEVER the SDEA/GTA Reps that are current teachers at Gompers Preparatory Academy DID NOT sign the letter. Individually they did not support our schools founders! If they say they do, then why didn't they sign the letter of support?
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."
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