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Re: “Deal or no deal

Deal or no deal

Teachers working conditions are our students learning conditions. Those “number of protections” are protections that were negotiated “over the years” for the benefit of children! What people might not understand is that the current contract between the Little Rock School District and the Little Rock Teachers Association is a mutual agreement; both parties sign off on it! It basically clarifies working conditions, it's how we all get along. It’s fair to the women and men who go to work every day to help our children succeed and it is in the best interest of Little Rock's children. Principals who came up through the system, and were Little Rock teachers before they became administrators, know this. You have to consider the ulterior motive that the people on the state level have when they took over the entire Little Rock District of 48 schools when only 6 were considered “academically distressed!” It’s not about the children.

The Little Rock Teachers Association represent the teachers and staff who are "vested" and have made a commitment to the children living in the City of Little Rock, and they are the people in direct service to them. They are here for the long haul. These are the people who stay after school to work with students unpaid, who show up at games or a school play when parents can't or won't, unpaid. Who do yearbook, chaperone dances, and take kids on field trips so they can have the same life experiences as their suburban and private school peers, again, unpaid. These are the people who more often than not, provide the basic necessities out of pocket, that keep a kid in school for the day. Little Rock Teachers are your neighbors and friends, they educate and take care of your children, and work in your children's best interest.

Little Rock Teachers and Staff in direct service to students deserve respect and should be treated as professionals. Teachers need the protection afforded them with clear language in a contract that protects them from abuse and unwarranted termination, so they can do their jobs without worrying whether they are the administrators' pet, or from a principal who has a personal agenda, or that Governor Hutchinson, Education Commissioner Key, and Superintendent Kurrus have motives that are yet to surface. These are our public schools, our taxes pay for them, and they are not “broken!” Parents need to talk to Teachers. Don’t be hoodwinked!

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Posted by Jon Shore on 08/13/2015 at 12:43 PM


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