This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
Both sides in the contract dispute between the Tacoma School District and its teachers claim to want what’s best for the kids.
They have starkly different visions of what that is. Teachers want to hold the line on salaries, class sizes, and policies regarding displacements and transfers. School administrators, facing state and federal mandates to improve performance and the prospect of yet more budget cutbacks, want more flexibility from the teachers union so that they can deal with those challenges.
Here’s what’s unquestionably best for kids: to be in school. Tomorrow.
Tacoma’s teachers should vote today not to strike, to keep teaching and to continue negotiating without a contract. If they do vote to strike, the administration should immediately seek a court injunction. Any judge that gets the case should assess daily fines on teachers who do not report to their classrooms.
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