He also said the teachers could strike but they also could just go to work on September 4th under their old contract and continue negotiations.
I spoke with a couple of teachers from Greenwood and Pinehurst. Good spirits but feel that the district just chips away at both their salaries and their class time with students. They worry that Common Core will continue that because "you teach what you test" and what happens to art, music and PE?
What was interesting is that both Knapp and the teachers spoke out about how the supporting school staff - the front office staff and the professionals like nurses and speech pathologists - are getting more thrown at them all the time (just as teachers are). The teachers said they are worried about kids falling through the cracks as everyone is asked to take on more. When I mentioned that they are the teachers and the other people they are talking about are not, they said that everyone in the school building is part of the process of teaching.
I still feel confident in saying there will be no strike and school will start September 4th, new contract or no new contract.