First day of strike sees schools open, solid attendance

First day of strike sees schools open, solid attendance
Posted on 09/08/2016
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September 8, 2016

First day of strike sees schools open, solid attendance

On the first day of a strike that saw the majority of union teachers on picket lines rather than in the classrooms, our district was able to keep schools open and to ensure that learning continued.

More than 10 percent of union members reported for work this morning, and we are grateful for their decision to put the best interests of their students first. With these teachers and several hundred replacement teachers, each of our schools remained opened and class sizes remained at manageable levels.

Student attendance was close to 60 percent district wide. Attendance at the elementary school level was higher, with some schools reporting attendance near normal.

All schools will be open tomorrow, and we encourage parents to send their children to school.

We continue to hope that union leaders will choose negotiation over strike and return to the bargaining table. Currently, there is an offer on the table that would increase teacher pay by 9.6 percent over the next two years and bring top teacher salary to $95,000 per year.