Students in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (Los Angeles County) are being held hostage by the district's teachers union in a labor dispute. Here are the punishments teachers are meting out to students:
Teachers will not write letters of recommendation for college;
Teachers will not advise or host any middle school or high school clubs;
Teachers will avoid arriving at school significantly early or staying late; and
Teachers will close their classrooms during snack time and lunch.
The union wants a 9 percent salary increase. The district says the district's finances will not support such largesse. The district also forecasts that the district will lose $2.8 million if Proposition 30 does not pass in November.
Judith Bloom, mother of a high school senior, said, "This is the most student-hostile manifesto I have ever seen." (Source: The Beach Reporter, August 29.)