I ask you - if there is "no money" and yet all the issues under discussion for the teachers contract have not been addressed (and it's not just teacher pay), what should we cut?
To open the discussion, here's what was said in another thread:
I believe most of our teachers care about students, but not SEA. SEA is shamelessly using our kids as pawns. I don't think SPS should give in at this point. I also think their needs to be a drastic reduction in staff at the district's headquarters. This strike is showing the worst of both sides with our kids stuck in the middle.Insanity says, both sides are digging in for their points, not doing what is best for kids (and stop me, Insanity, if I have it wrong).
Melissa Westbrook said...
Is it "give in" or settle or find compromise and consensus? I wonder.
When you have been having an extended argument, don't you sometimes just throw your hands up and it's "alright already, fine, your way" just to make it stop? That can end the argument but lead to hard feelings.
Are we getting to the point where we all want it over so much that we don't do the best thing? "Sped ratios (or OT) ratios? We'll figure that out later."
But to my question, what would you cut to find the money that is needed? At this point, I'm not even sure of a figure (thanks SPS and SEA for your clear and accurate accounting of the issues).
What example of a cut might be NOT buying assessments and gasp! the district creating its own. They didn't buy Amplify (you did know that right - the Board actually did say no to staff on something) but part of this discussion about the teachers contract is testing beyond the SBAC. I don't know if it's over how many assessments in a year or the type but I have to think it may be both.
I said to someone, if your family cannot afford store-bought, make your own. And that's what teachers and districts did for years. Or buy cheap - ITBS was a good test, why not use that?
Naturally, my mind goes to the high salaries at JSCEE. The district is silent on that issue but we have all seen the data that it is true. You cannot undo salary hikes but you sure can put a hold on them.
What would you do or say to the teams negotiating this contract to help them find a united way forward?