Four months ago, a new coalition launched to bring community voices together for student success. Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition’s short-term goal is to focus on those areas of the Tacoma Public Schools/Tacoma Education Association’s Collective Bargaining Agreement that can lead to increasing student achievement and closing the achievement/opportunity gap.
The formula for success is known: a work environment that supports and encourages teachers’ professional growth, evaluations that recognize and support effective teaching, and a compensation system that attracts and retains great teachers. All will help our students achieve.
The path to success is more challenging. Trust and transparency are needed, because negotiations are a complicated matter, and today are made even more difficult in this budget climate. On behalf of our students, though, I urge the negotiating parties to adopt Vibrant Schools Tacoma’s platform, which is supported by the great majority of Tacoma residents and focuses on student success.
Our community must work together to provide the best education possible for all students.