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Low pay drives
West Contra Costa Unified School District is in crisis. WCCUSD has 130 teaching openings. At Kennedy High School, students are doing math and science classes with only their Chromebooks.
Superintendent Kenneth Hurst and the WCCUSD School Board must attract more teachers to our district by using the multimillions of dollars in unprecedented education federal and state funding, for raising teacher pay like school districts around us. We are losing teachers to surrounding districts.
WCCUSD has the money. The state average of money spent on salary is 37% of the budget, but WCCUSD only spends 29%, even though the No. 1 variable in student achievement is teacher quality.
Teachers will strike. We will strike to get the school board and superintendent to be better stewards for our children and raise pay to wages comparable to our surrounding districts. Please contact all WCCUSD School Board members, and Superintendent Hurst to help.
Federal action needed
after recent storms
I appreciate that President Biden has ordered expanded federal aid to the California counties hardest hit by the recent atmospheric river storms (“Biden surveys storm damage, vows to help,” Page A1, Jan. 20). The money will help residents in the region get back on their feet. In order to help at a deeper level, President Biden needs to address the root cause of climate change.
I call on President Biden to follow through on his promise of 50% lower emissions by 2030. He can do it by enacting a federal carbon fee. A price on carbon dioxide from fossil fuels that rises every year will send a strong signal to all sectors of the economy to switch to energy sources and manufacturing processes that won’t add to the climate crisis. And if all the fees collected are returned to the public, we can compound the effect by making climate-smart choices in our private lives as well.
Biogas just one way to
make climate difference
Re. “Biogas: Facilities turn methane to into power,” Page B1, Dec. 5:
I’m heartened to read about the efforts of wastewater treatment plants to turn methane into biogas. That said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and I’d like to draw attention to EPA’s proposed rule to reduce methane pollution.
This rule sets guidelines for cutting methane emissions in new and existing oil and gas wells and is estimated to reduce emissions to 74% below baseline by 2030. EPA is requesting public comments on this rule before making its decision.
I’d like to encourage readers to read about this rule and to write to the EPA (comment period closes Feb. 13).
All of us in California recently experienced catastrophic flooding, with 19 lives claimed, following years of wildfires. The effects of climate change will become increasingly pronounced, and we can do our parts to combat it — by bringing our collective voices to influence policy-making.
Practice what op-ed
What a beautifully uplifting commentary (“Never underestimate …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment