The Jan. 29 editorial “Union is on the wrong side again” stated: “That the teachers union would withhold its support for Measure S because the district won't commit roughly $19 million...by rolling back unpaid work furlough days and other concessions...is short sighted and selfish.”
The “other concessions” are only one and not a “concession” — return class sizes as much as possible back to 2009-10 numbers. Most realize that our kindergarten through third-grade class sizes went from 20: 1 student-teacher ratio to 24:1 this year. What many don't know is that each of our secondary sites lost one teaching full-time equivalent, which increased class sizes by one to three students at each site.
And the class size increase was not a “concession” made by the teachers. We never negotiated the increase and, in fact, were chastised mightily last year by similar ad hominem attacks for our attempts to stop the increases.