Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: teachers strike

Sep.
26th

STRIKE: Teachers should accept the consequences

Re: Teachers cry foul over district’s delay of pay (TNT, 9-24).

What makes the teachers think they deserve to be paid for the days they were not in the classroom, but were on a picket line in defiance of a court order? Should they get paid for setting a bad example to their students? When other unions go on strike, they lose pay and quite often end up paying fines as well.

If teachers choose to go out on strike and defy a court order to return to the classroom, then they better be prepared to accept the consequences. They

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Sep.
22nd

STRIKE: Teaching most demanding job in existence?

Re: “Why teachers are on strike” (letter, 9-15).

My issue is not about whether the strike is right or wrong. My issue is with a comment made by the letter writer: ”It’s not about classroom size. It’s about fair assessment of one of the most difficult and demanding jobs in existence.”

Teaching is an important job and a necessary one, however, to even hint that it is one of the “most difficult and demanding jobs in existence” is a slap in the face to every man and woman in the Armed Forces of this great nation. Not to mention fire fighters,

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Sep.
22nd

STRIKE: Hungry students? TNT claim ridiculous

Throughout the recent Tacoma teachers strike, we read continuously that the ongoing school closure was cutting off students from receiving school breakfasts and lunches, leaving them hungry.

I acknowledge that the strike has caused great inconvenience for affected families and that various organizations stepped up to feed and care for kids. But to say that parents would not be able to feed their children is ridiculous. A breakfast of cereal and milk or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and fruit for lunch is not expensive, and most people would agree.

I was disappointed in The News Tribune for using

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Sep.
21st

STRIKE: Support could be better channeled

My heart is breaking; as a Tacoma Public Schools para-educator, this is the seventh day in a row that I haven’t been able to work.

I live in a comfortable, middle-class neighborhood in Northeast Tacoma. The homes in my neighborhood are filled with hard-working, well-meaning families who support their schools and their teachers with wrapping paper and cookie dough fundraisers and moral support during these frustrating times.

I guess it shouldn’t have come to my surprise this morning as I took my dog for a walk that these same families had organized a carnival-like support station for the teachers who

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Sep.
21st

STRIKE: System failing students

Our system is broken from the inside out. Having the ability to shut down schools and impede the learning of 28,000 students is an awful lot of power.

I keep hearing the message thrown around that we are doing this in the best interest of our students. I seriously call that in to question. The system is set up so that students are the ones who are losing. While both sides are attempting to negotiate a deal that they can live with most students are at home wanting to return to school.

Let’s not romanticize the strike. Both sides have

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Sep.
21st

STRIKE: World watching lesson in democracy

As a member of The United Faculty of Evergreen, I support the Tacoma Education Association in its strike for justice for Tacoma teachers and their students. Many Evergreen students on both the Tacoma and Olympia campuses come out of Tacoma schools, and everyone in the state benefits from the quality education they receive.

From my 20-plus years at the college, I know that good learning conditions for students are inextricably linked to good working conditions for teachers.

I am proud of the many Tacoma students who have stood with their teachers, and in the past week have gained new lessons

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Sep.
20th

STRIKE: Educators need more accountability

I’m a union member, so I’m all for organizing, but the Tacoma teachers’ strike and its reasons have me perplexed.

I have three children in this substandard learning institution. Like everything there are always exceptions to the rule, but for the most part the Tacoma School District has a very good reason to want additional accountability from its teachers.

While other districts in the state thrive and adapt to the mandatory testing, Tacoma schools repeatedly fall to Third World levels in math, science and reading. In Tacoma, students are shortchanged with a substandard education. This is not my opinion; the

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Sep.
16th

STRIKE: Teachers are seeking respect

Of the letters concerning the strike in Thursday’s edition, the ones supporting the strike got the real issue correct; those opposing the strike simply claimed Tacoma’s teachers are greedy.

The issue is not money. However, the administration bent the truth to suggest it was. It stopped the bargaining until the issue of transfer language was dealt with in its favor, keeping the money issue alive so they could claim we teachers are greedy.

Transfer language is terribly important to this administration because power is important to it. We teachers believe, and there is three years’ worth of evidence to back

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