Educators at High Tech High’s schools formed a union affiliated with the California Teachers Association
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This week, a supermajority of teachers and certificated staff at San Diego’s High Tech High filed a petition with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) for union recognition. HTH, with 16 schools spread over four campuses and an enrollment of more than 6,000 students in grades K-12, is the largest operator of charter schools in San Diego County.   

More than 60 percent of HTH’s approximately 400 teachers have signed the petition.

In a letter to the HTH community, the union-organizing committee stressed its support for “the mission” of HTH and explained that the primary reason for forming a union is to improve teachers’ ability to “collaborate and advocate” on issues of equity.   

“In order to hold our organization [HTH] accountable to long-standing promises of equity and the vision for its future, we have decided to organize our union High Tech Education Collective (HTEC) at HTH with the California Teachers Association,” the organizing committee wrote. 

The pandemic, combined with the ongoing national fight for racial justice, made it clear to many of HTH’s faculty members that they had little input in school decision-making and that inequities faced by students weren’t being adequately addressed by the charter management organization’s three boards or school administrators.  

“It’s a widely shared view that by forming a union across all of our campuses, we will for the first time have a real seat at the table,” said Jared Hutchins, a 12th-grade government/media literacy teacher at High Tech High North County. “This has been an ongoing discussion for the past year.”

The organizing effort has received support from the wider school community. “I’ve been a High Tech parent for more than 15 years straight, with four of our children having attended one or more schools in the network,” said Lorena Gonzalez, assemblywoman for California’s 80th District. “It is the teachers and staff who make this educational experience so incredibly special for our kids. They deserve a voice on the job, which will improve the opportunities for all of our children. Today’s actions by these teachers will close the circle on the creation of a first-class school system."

The union-organizing effort began in 2020. HTH faculty members connected with each other primarily online through the video-meeting service Zoom, email messaging and texting to discuss issues and the need for representation.

“We love this school and we really want it to work,” said Paola Capó-García, a 12th-grade English teacher at High Tech High Media Arts in Point Loma. “We want to make the school more sustainable. But, too often our students feel abandoned due to teacher retention issues. This needs to be addressed.”

Health, safety, professional development and extra-curricular obligations are additional issues a union can help address, Capó-García said.

HTH’s schools include seven authorized by San Diego Unified and nine authorized as Statewide Benefit Charters. HTH is well known in California and nationally for its project-based learning model. 

Unusual for a charter management organization, HTH has been authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer preliminary and professional credentials. In 2007, HTH opened a graduate school of education offering master’s degrees in education in teacher leadership and school leadership to teachers in and outside the charter school network. 

HTH has three governing boards. The High Tech High Board governs and controls the schools. It is chaired by Gary Jacobs. HTH Learning is a private nonprofit and oversees the facilities. The HTH Foundation is a private nonprofit primarily responsible for securing philanthropic support. 

Across the state, charter schools enroll roughly 630,000 students – about 10 percent of California’s 6.2 million public school students – and are required to adhere to the state’s public-sector labor laws.  Nearly 1,500 California charter-school teachers have petitioned to form unions since the pandemic began last March.

Once the HTEC petition filed this week is certified, The PERB will call on both the new union and HTH managers to sit down to discuss issues and begin bargaining a first contract. Representatives from the California Teachers Association will assist HTEC at the bargaining table.  

 

 

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fuck u
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July 12, 2021
aleida is a whore
Israel
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May 24, 2021
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XXXtentile
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May 01, 2021
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Donald Trump
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April 30, 2021
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DaBaby
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April 30, 2021
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[Chorus]

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I just signed a deal, I'm on

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She like how I smell, cologne (Yeah)

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Yeah, yeah

I go where I want

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May 01, 2021
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April 30, 2021
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kys song loser
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May 01, 2021
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Baddie
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April 30, 2021
These comments are the reason hthnc sucks. Y’all need to grow up. Children. Justice for Jared!!
Proud Hth teacher
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April 30, 2021
Let’s kiss
hth janitor
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April 30, 2021
wassup bih 11th grade broom closet?

Seks slave
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April 30, 2021
During the Mexico trip aledia literally sold me to a seks trafficking rink in Exchange for a cheese enchilada. My rapists called me pelón, for reasons that are still unclear
Me too
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April 30, 2021
This happened to me during my 9th grade experience. It was only a half taco that she wanted in exchange for my livelihood, and 6 months I spent in mexico wondering when I’d be saved. She was actually in touch with my captors who would send her shredded cheese in the mail each time they sold me to a new tourist. I’m petrified to this day
In gods name
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April 30, 2021
I swore to Aleida that I’d never share this, but it must be done. On the night of December 16th, 2018 (exhibition) I was tasked with being a ticket holder for my group. It was dark and I stood in front of the ticket booth, which was a large cardboard box covered in a black tarp. I felt a hand on my shoulder and was viciously pulled into the box. Aleida grabbed my head and literally shoved it up her vagina. I couldn’t breath for 4 minutes and I got an 60% for my participation grade. I’m so traumatized that I’ve never spoken to a woman since. I literally had to go to summer school and she was there the whole time making snide remarks about how small and pathetic my head was. I don’t know who I am anymore
Ms Arnoldo
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April 30, 2021
I’d gladly do it again
(Child u touched)
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April 30, 2021
I’m sure u would with ur Arby’s sandwich of a cooch u sick woman
Fear Factor
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April 30, 2021
Only because of the bravery of the other victims in this comment section, I have the strength to share my story. On a gloomy Tuesday morning at school, I was waiting outside the classroom. I always liked being at school early so I was the only one in the hallway. When suddenly I was approached by someone who shall remain nameless (Ms Arnoldo). She told me to follow her to the classroom, to discuss my excellent performance in the work. I was filled with joy, I was finally getting recognized for my hard work and effort.. WRONG! I was literally raped in broad daylight in the middle of a classroom with the huge glass windows and an open wall as the full hth staff and students watched. Literally wtf guys not cool don’t rape me so weird. Like wtf why didn’t anyone save me she literally raped me and Richard and no one fucking bats an eye like how the fuck do we win with u guys. Jesus Christ
BigPee445
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April 30, 2021
Just found out about seks,

Wtf guys
survival of hth
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April 30, 2021
on a cold grey day in 2017 i was sitting in my english class watching the clock tick as i waited to get out of this stinky shithole know as hthnc when alas to my surprise i see big piggy howard my teacher pointing at me in a threatening manner as she walks over the floor shakes and bounces so much my pencil rolls of my desk and bounces on the floor like a ball i reluctantly stood up to retrieve it waking as fast as i could to avoid howard’s wrath of anger but unfortunately it was to no prevail the mere second i bent over to grab my pencil i felt a sharp stinging pain in my rear i looked back quickly as if i had just heard a loud bang... as my head turned my mouth dropped not only was i standing butt naked in the middle of the dirty room FULL OF STUDENTS MAY I ADD i was also being analy penatrated with a ruler
BigPee 445
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April 30, 2021
Ok all jokes aside, Ms Aladia literally said the n word hard R, in front of like 30 students. I literally have like a whole classroom that can confirm this.
poopmannn
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April 30, 2021
i can literally confirm
BigPee 445 (survivor
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April 30, 2021
On the afternoon of Thursday, March 24th 2018, I was brutally and helplessly touched by the HTH educator “Ms. Hagan”. I was alone with her in class, we were to discuss my grade on my latest assignment when out of know where I was violently pushed against the wall and she called me a dirty whore. She tore my clothes off with ease, exposing my afraid flaccid self. I yelled for help, but to no avail. I was forced to insure the brutal, painful, teethy, and traumatic sloppy toppy for a full 28 minutes. After she was finished with me, she threw me to the floor, as if nothing happened. I swiftly ran out of the room, leaving my backpack and clothes. But they weren’t the only things I left without that day.. I left without my dignity
rudeaf
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April 30, 2021
#canceled
Staff member
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April 30, 2021
I saw the principal get head in their office from a parent. I wonder if that’s how some children are able to achieve better marks then others?
Former Student
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April 30, 2021
Carol been at that Oside pier
cacaccaa
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April 30, 2021
jennifer howard bullied me at hth
HTH teacher
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April 30, 2021
Principal got that stanker
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