A $270-million school bond lost a key potential ally this week after the Glendale Teachers Assn. voted to not endorse the April ballot measure, citing a lack of assurances from district officials that a chunk of money would be earmarked for classroom instruction.
The union decision on whether to support Measure S — which failed in a 25-15 vote on Tuesday among a pool of teacher representatives — came after they failed to secure a written commitment from the district to use an estimated $19 million that would be freed up by the bond to improve classroom instruction and roll back unpaid work furloughs.
Glendale Teachers Assn. representatives had also been skeptical of district assertions that the previous bond measure, the $186-million Measure K approved by voters in 1997, had been a roaring success.