Digging in their heels
In today's Sun, I report on the ongoing contract dispute between the city school system and its teachers union. Both sides are digging in their heels over how teachers spend ONE planning period a week. Yup, all this over what amounts to 45 minutes in most cases. All the pay and benefits stuff was settled months ago.
The union is asking its members to take a vote of no confidence in Andres Alonso, and teachers will begin picketing before and after school -- Wednesday at Patterson High, Thursday at Poly/Western, and who knows where after that? And remember, teachers are already torn over whether to follow the union's call that they work to rule.
Teachers, parents, where do you stand? Is this much ado about nothing? And what will the ramifications be for Alonso if he makes an enemy out of the teachers union?