Letters to the Editor

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Tag: teacher strikes

Sep.
20th

TEACHERS: Strike is a no-lose proposition

Re: “Neither side wanted a teacher strike (letter, 9-20).

In recent years there have been several teacher strikes, not just in Tacoma but in the South Sound area. Neither side wanted these strikes, yet somehow they happened. The reasons are always varied – smaller class size, teacher evaluation systems, etc. However, these strikes had one thing in common: One side voted to go on strike!

Rather than staying at the table, one side determined that going on strike was in their best interest, the best way to achieve their goals.

Teacher strikers usually claim that they are doing it

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Sep.
18th

TACOMA: No gain from Tacoma teacher strike

Re: “School strikes of choice – in Chicago and Tacoma” (editorial, 9-18).

The editorial highlights similarities between the Chicago teacher strike and the strike experienced by Tacoma last year, but there is one notable difference: Chicago is seeking improvement in education standards, whereas Tacoma’s school district sought no quid pro quo from teachers for higher pay.

If we (taxpayer/parents) are to pay teachers well, then we should expect a willingness on their part to work more than 180 days a year and/or longer hours, if that is necessary in order to ensure that “no child is left behind.”

Charter

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Sep.
18th

TACOMA: Neither side wanted a teacher strike

Re: “School strikes of choice – in Chicago and Tacoma” (editorial, 9-18).

I was saddened to read the editorial regarding school strikes. It is important to look beyond sensationalism to see realistically what a strike accomplishes, and it seems the newspaper was unable to do that.

No one on either side of the bargaining table wants a strike; it is always a worst-case scenario. But a strike does serve to make all parties stop to pay attention and focus on the real dividing issues of negotiations.

Neither Tacoma Public Schools nor the Tacoma Education Association was happy with the

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Sep.
13th

EDUCATION: Tests don’t measure key factors

Why is the Chicago teachers strike partly about standardized testing? The answer is that despite the fact that these tests don’t measure individual student growth as it relates to the teacher providing the instruction, it is used by the Chicago schools to evaluate those teachers.

This is a nationwide issue, and it is a travesty. These tests are used to identify failing schools because those schools do not meet “standards.” Yet these tests fail to address the two most important factors in measuring student progress: the aptitude of the student and the progress the student has made subject by subject,

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Sep.
20th

SCHOOLS: Why not allow teacher strikes?

Re: “Enforce law against teacher strikes” (letter, 9-19).

Why not allow teachers to strike? What is it that makes their job so important that we should take this right away from them? If school is canceled, will our children’s health or safety be put in jeopardy any more than when they are on vacation? I think not.

Most teachers’ pay package is such that they could not stay out more than two months, if that, which is time that could be made up during the summer break. The truth is, we don’t like or want the inconvenience of having to

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Sep.
8th

SCHOOLS: Enforce law against teacher strikes

So as the weather turns cooler, and the leaves begin to change color. What other event marks the close of summer? Oh, yeah, the annual teacher strike.

Again citizens are coerced into paying full-time pay and benefits to part-time workers. The teacher’s union plays on the fact that it would be almost impossible to replace a district’s teachers on short notice. There is also the guilt card – “You want your children to get a quality education don’t you?”

Given the fact that teachers do not have the right to strike in this state, that they are paid while on

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