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Vibrant Schools members press Tacoma School Board on negotiations

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on July 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm with 3 Comments »
July 28, 2011 11:39 pm

An estimated 30 members of the Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition turned out at Thursday’s Tacoma School Board meeting to press for their voices to be heard as the school district continues negotiations for a new union contract with teachers.
The coalition, which includes minority, faith-based and education reform groups, rolled out a platform this past spring at the start of negotiations. You can read it here.
Coalition member Patricia Talton urged the school board to make contract decisions that will help close the achievement gap for minority students. Daniel Bacon said teachers must be supported in their work, and rewarded for success with students. Nicole Jordan, a recent Foss High School graduate, said she had two wonderful teachers who helped inspire her, but she wished there had been more. And Lori Goodrich, who has taught at McCarver Elementary for 10 years and in Tacoma for 30, said she wants a system that places teachers in jobs where they will be most effective, rather than relying on seniority to govern teacher assignments.
Vibrant Schools also wants bargaining proposals and counter-proposals to be posted on the school district Website as negotiations proceed. This is being done in other school districts, including the Bethel School District, where documents from both the district and the teachers’ union have been posted throughout the negotiations process. The Bethel Website reports that a tentative agreement has been reached.
At the end of their regular meeting Thursday, Tacoma board members held an executive session to discuss contract negotiations.
The district’s contract with the Tacoma Education Association expires Aug. 31.

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  1. stradivari says:

    Okay! Exactly what is it that this “vibrant” group wants? Is it supplying contract language to either party involved in negotiations? What indicators and measurements is it seeking to replace employee transfer or assignment language. And. . . what business does faith-based interests have in public education. Are they opposing the teaching of evolution? Demanding prayer in school? The public deserves to know exactly what language the vibrant group is demanding and the Tribune, as arbiter of the public good, should print their specific demands in detail. It seems to me that faith-based organizations should be satisfied with their private religious schools and leave their biases out of the schools designed for the broad general public..

  2. This looks like a good idea. The city of Tacoma, Pierce county and the state, should be doing the same thing

  3. ltkeffer says:

    these guys are a lot of fluf and they are being directed by corporate interests rather than true education reformers. Follow the money……

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