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McClatchy Students Support Their Teachers in Upcoming Labor Strike

McClatchy students finally had rumors about a possible teacher strike confirmed on Thursday, November 2nd, when the Sacramento City Teachers’ Association announced that they will be striking for higher wages starting November 8th. Despite not knowing too many details yet, a lot of McClatchy students support their teachers in their protest for higher wages.

The teachers in the Sacramento City Unified School District voted to strike until the District will negotiate better wages for existing teachers, as well as fill many of the currently unfilled teaching positions in the district. The teachers’ union argues that this would make Sac City a more desirable district for teachers and students and therefore improve the quality of education.

Many McClatchy students are unclear on all the details, but still support their teachers in this decision.

“If they’re not getting paid right I think that they have the right to protest,” said freshman Janine Milne.

Junior Madie Feickert agreed, saying “I think that they’re doing the right thing. It’s really unfair the way that they’re being paid.”

Students also cited teachers’ hard work as a reason they deserve a raise. “Being a teacher—even being a bad teacher—is a lot of work,” said senior Matteo Wharton.“I mean I’m a bit of a socialist so I’m always going to be on the side of labor, but they’re being treated unfairly and the district isn’t hearing their demands so if they have to protest in order to get the wages that they deserve, I’m all behind that,” said Wharton.

Even students who would be disappointed to be without teachers for a while recognize why they have to strike. “As much as I don’t want my teachers to go on strike, I think that it’s an important change,” said Quincy Johnston, a junior. “I wouldn’t want them to go on strike, but if they went on strike for like a day I wouldn’t be mad. If they were gone for a long time that’d be unfortunate, but I hope that something can be worked out.”

On the day the strike begins, the teachers will have a picket line in front of the school. Most teachers will be in the picket line, and it’s expected that no teachers will cross the picket line to go teach.

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McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center

McClatchy High School, attempting to gain its second girls basketball CIF Division 1 state title in the past three years, had the hometown crowd Friday night at Golden 1 Center.

But the Windward Wildcats of Los Angeles came away with the 53-41 win over McClatchy, Sacramento’s second oldest high school. McClatchy had claimed the state title in 2015, and had taken down Oakridge High School of El Dorado Hills the week before to advance to the title game.

The McClatchy-Windward matchup was just one of the 12 Boys and Girls California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship games that took place Friday and Saturday at Golden 1 Center.

Other local area teams to play included Sacramento’s West Campus, who won the Division IV Girls title by beating Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga 63-55 Saturday morning, and Roseville’s Woodcreek, who dropped the Boys Open Division title game 74-67 to Torrance’s Bishop Montgomery.

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C.K. McClatchy Basketball

Jeff Ota considered bowling for Monday’s off-day team adventure, then thought better of it.

The McClatchy High School girls basketball coach instead opted for a round of miniature golf for his gritty group of Lions, the pride of the Sacramento City Unified School District and a proud old school that has to clear out a bit more room on a filling-fast trophy case.

Miniature-golf rounds will be a stark contrast for McClatchy compared to Saturday’s frenetic, bruising pace at Leavey Center.

With suffocating, attacking defense, depth and just enough offensive balance, the second-seeded Lions defeated No. 4 Oak Ridge 46-34 to win the CIF Northern California Division I Regional championship in a venue matching the school’s cardinal colors.

It’s the second such title for McClatchy (31-4) in three years, and it is the third win in as many attempts against the Trojans this season, no easy feat considering how good that program has been in El Dorado Hills under longtime coach Steve White. McClatchy beat Oak Ridge (23-11) for the NorCal title in 2015, and the Trojans eliminated the Lions in last season’s playoffs.

Two years ago when the Lions became the first SCUSD girls team to win a state championship in any sport, they celebrated with bowling. No chance this time.

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The Future of Broadcast Journalism at McClatchy

It’s no secret that it’s been a challenge to keep the Prospector alive this year. First, the class was cut, and then students had to fight for funding. The class was only funded again after students got over 500 signatures and made a genuine effort to talk with the administration. It’s been a tough year for journalism, to say the least.
In a regular year, the Prospector aims to produce around one newspaper per quarter. This all depends on the number of staff writers and the number of articles that are turned in every week. Because the class isn’t at capacity, the newspapers are barely longer than a few pages. However, this year the newspaper has taken a different approach to many different mediums.
This year the Prospector published the first “Hallozine”–a fall themed mini magazine to display the artistic side of the writing staff. This publication style is quite a bit different than the usual newspaper, which encouraged the staff writers to step out of their comfort zone by writing poems, playlists, and articles on a specific holiday theme.
However, this year the Prospector plans on venturing beyond just a zine. The journalism class has just decided that they will be moving into broadcast journalism as the future of media changes. As newspapers all over dwindle in size, the journalism program hopes to move into video news in addition to the quarterly newspaper.

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