Sunday, April 22, 2007

Who owns the Friday folder?

I was going to put this in the upcoming "National Negotiations Update" (which I'm working on in another tab, in case anyone is wondering) but throught it deserved a post all of it's own.

In Jefferson County, the JCSD and the JCEA are at odds on contract negotiations. They're at an impasse regarding the ability of the district to non-renew probationary teachers; simply put the district wants to, the EA doesn't want 'em to. This opinion piece (though biased against the teachers) gives some info.

Anyhow, JCSD elementary principals sent a letter home in the Friday folder of their students which informed parents as to what the impasse meant. IN the past they've sent other letters home about snow days and stuff like that. Unfortunately, teachers had to stuff the letters into students' backpacks which supported the district's published account of negotiations.

I wonder what would have happened if the teachers refused?


On the Edge said...

Some principals would document it as defiance, or they might find other ways to turn such a political blunder into a living hell.

Dr. Homeslice said...

True, the more I think about it I would just tell the kids to take one on the way out; tell the principal I forgot to stuff it into the folders. That way it still goes home (sorta). Of course, even that justfication isn't good for some. Ugh.

IMC Guy said...

I also wonder how the district would feel if the teachers sent home a paper explaining their side of the story.


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