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STRIKE: Pay attention to candidates’ positions

Letter by Jacob L. Mattson, Pacific on Sep. 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | 1 Comment »
September 26, 2011 2:36 pm

Some opponents of the teachers strike have mentioned plans to vote against the next school levy. Voting down levies has collateral consequences with only minimal impact on teachers.

A more immediate and direct response to the strike is voting for the two school board positions this fall. These officials implement district policies and appoint the next superintendent. If you believe teachers and their union possess too much power now, let them get their selections in place. The two front-runners’ promise of “cooperation” with the union is presented as justification for endorsements from certain newspapers and state administrators in addition to the union’s support.

Many voters are hip to this “cooperation” being responsible for failing schools and blocking reform. This ballot might be the last chance for parents and concerned taxpayers of Tacoma to return the schools to an institution for teaching kids instead of a source for teaching careers.

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