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TACOMA: Call off the anti-teacher dogs

Letter by Thomas J. McCarthy, Tacoma on Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm | 35 Comments »
August 31, 2011 1:17 pm

The newspaper editorial (TNT, 8-31) on negotiations between outgoing superintendent Art Jarvis and the teachers’ organization proves once again that The News Tribune’s wisdom is a mile wide and an inch deep.

The editorial posits that if there is a strike, responsibility would lie “squarely on” the Tacoma Education Association. Ridiculous!

Everybody knows negotiation is a two-way street, so The News Tribune is simply demanding that teachers surrender. Obviously, elementary school teachers are not exactly the most militant of folks, and would only strike if truly provoked.

Unless we want to return to the days before education unions of blatant favoritism and teachers leaving education every year because of rock-bottom pay, no retirement or health benefits, then folks should consider supporting teachers.

Right now, education is obviously the favorite political football of newspapers and anti-union think tanks, but nobody does more advocating for public schools every day than teachers.

Example: Tacoma already has one of the worst student-to-teacher ratios in the state, and the district wants to crowd in two more per class. Tacoma teachers are fighting against that. Support them.

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