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Union backs teacher’s wish to support student who attacked him

The Santa Rosa Teachers Association has given Midrose High School teacher Tyler Ahlborn paid work days so the veteran teacher can attend court hearings for the boy who attacked him on campus Nov. 19. Ahlborn was stabbed multiple times about the head and neck in an attack that prompted a schoolwide lockdown and hours-long manhunt just before the Thanksgiving break. Ahlborn has since made multiple appearances in juvenile court proceedings  in support of his student. Notable to the ongoing story… Read More »

SRCS gets first donation for Columbine locks

$25 down, $999,975 to go. In a Close To Home column published in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., Santa Rosa Teachers Association President Andy Brennan advocated against calls for arming school teachers. A better strategy, he said, would be to invest in the installation of “Columbine Locks” on all classrooms doors. Columbine locks are locked from the inside with a key, meaning a teacher does not have to exit the classroom to secure a door. It… Read More »

UPDATED: Want to run for SRCS school board? Hurry.

UPDATE: I spoke with Santa Rosa Teachers Assocation president Andy Brennan about the election and he said it’s his guess that the race will draw no other takers and that the four who have filed will be the four elected. “As a social studies teacher, I think elections are good because it forces us to take stands on issues on where we want to go,” he said. “At the same time, it also means we are not going to be… Read More »

SR board gives Liddell send-off

The Santa Rosa School Board give a long, laudatory sendoff to outgoing Superintendent Sharon Liddell Wednesday night – her last at the helm of Sonoma County’s largest school district. Liddell announced her resignation in February after nine years with the district. Board President Larry Haenel, reading from a text crafted in part by Liddell’s district office colleagues, commended Liddell for her outreach in the larger Santa Rosa community and for her “remarkable leadership.” “I wish to thank you for all… Read More »

SR teachers to rally for candidates tomorrow

With election day next Tuesday and the first competitive race in six years, the Santa Rosa teachers union is planning to greet students and their parents at the driveways and sidewalks of Santa Rosa City Schools campuses Wednesday morning with signs supporting their slate of candidates for the school board. The union has backed incumbents Bill Carle and Frank Pugh, as well as retired teacher and political newcomer Ron Kristof. “Given the hard decisions that will have to be made… Read More »