Sunday, June 25, 2006

summer of bargaining

We can be glad our efforts have finally reaped a result. Elsewhere in Washington, districts and unions face a long summer session, with bargaining predicted to continue well into August for some.
In Everett this spring, 36 elementary teachers have classes that exceed specified contract levels. Add in four middle school teachers who have been assigned more than 174 students each, and four high school teachers who each were assigned more students than the absolute district limit and you have 44 instances in a single district where crowding is a serious issue.

It's a hot button for members: a huge majority of Everett EA members have said they are willing to take action to ensure the district provides relief. So far, no contract settlement is in sight.

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