Five months ago students found, for the first time, that they could no longer spend their lunch in their favorite teacher’s classrooms or spend time after school getting extra help from teachers. They have been watching teachers stand on corners of the street holding signs and protesting. This has all been an effect of the school district’s unfair actions towards teachers. Controversy has been surrounding the teachers and their protests since the issue started.
Teacher’s rebuttals to the district’s actions have been viewed as unnecessary or extensive by some people. But everything teachers are doing are completely within reason. The district’s cuts have made some teacher’s health benefits profusely expensive, especially compared to what their contract stated before the changes were made. These changes especially affects teachers with families. Teachers salaries have never been the high, but now, teachers are expected to just accept that their already tight contracts are going to be ignored and abused. Not only do these changes affect the teachers, but also the students.
Complaints about the lack of teachers providing tutoring have been disproved through the effectiveness of ARC. Despite the fact that most teachers are not opening their classrooms for tutoring anymore, many students can attend ARC in order to get the help they need on their schoolwork.
Teachers have been forced to take action against the district in order to make sure that they are heard. Due to the district’s changes, teachers have started to attend board meetings at the district in order to voice their opinions. At every board meeting for the last five months, teachers have been there. Whether they were standing passively or voicing their opinions, the district never acknowledged the teachers or their problems. More than once have the district completely ignored the teachers and all who have spoken in the teacher’s favor.
Teachers have a right to protest towards the district considering that their contract is not being respected by the district. The district does not care about the what the teachers are saying unless parents also complain. Teacher’s protests are not the only problem that the district is dealing with. Issues have even gotten to the point that a city councilwoman proposed to combine the Chula Vista Elementary School District and the Sweetwater High School District in order to try to resolve any issues because of the the dissatisfaction that the district, teachers, parents and students have been having. This proposal became popular because of the satisfaction parents have with the elementary school district as opposed to the high school district.
If teachers did not do any protesting, the district would pay even less attention to the problems than they already have. Without drastic actions such as planning to strike or protesting, the district would just overlook the problem and ignore the teacher’s requests. Everybody knows that teachers teach for the love of teaching and not for the pay, but how are they supposed to keep teaching if their not getting the pay they signed up for?