Monday, November 02, 2009

Mike Antonucci Channels the EFF

I'm underwhelmed. To my way of thinking the contract is between the school district and the teacher's association, and if the public wants a seat at the table they should insist that their school board members show the hell up and advocate. I've got this nightmare about contract negotiations happening in the high school gymnasium so that everyone can see, and while that might be "open" it certainly wouldn't be effective.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the contract limits parent access to visit classrooms, decides if there will be conferences, affects whether students will be monitored before, after and between classes, incurs employee costs which are not funded by the state, shortens the calendar for students, prohibits parent-funded extra curricular activities, and otherwise dominates the daily life of families for twelve years--don't you think that it is not a matter of broader public concerns?

I do agree that boards abdicate, but if their election is dominated by one interest group in the budget puzzle *cough* Marysville *cough*, I am not surprized that they don't get heavy-handed in negotiations.

And that is without mentioning the threat of strikes.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Dr Pezz said...

Anon,

I would say "no."

The contract is between the district and the association and is primarily dealing with working conditions, benefits, and due process rights for teachers.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.

Just wow.

So the contract can short my kid's instructional time, can limit my right to observe school, can prevent me from spending time with my kid's teacher, can lower the safety of my kid, determines who is placed with my kid despite my concerns, can prohibit me from volunteering to help out, and prevent extracurricular activitiesand you say "butt out?!?!"

I find that the kind of arrogance that only a monopoly can breed.

8:48 AM  

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