Showdown looms for St. Paul schools, teachers

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2014 - 5:47 AM

Union hasn’t authorized a strike yet, but its requests mirror those in Chicago.

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dflleftFeb. 17, 14 9:22 PM

IF THE TEACHERS and their heavy handed Union REALLY cared about the kids....they would never strike and make demands that even the strib editorial board said was over the top.

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globaljackFeb. 17, 14 9:35 PM

This is ridiculous. I think there should be more pre-school access and less reliance on standardized testing, but those are policy issues for the school board, public and superintendent to implement. Public unions should only negotiate wage, hour, and benefit issues.

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naseth12Feb. 17, 14 9:36 PM

This is a smart response to Superintendant Silva's new policy regarding suspensions and the ensuing disruptions to the classroom environment. Teachers have found a workaround that allows them the opportunity to try dealing with the negative behaviors they're stuck with and still teach--smaller classes are quite simply much easier to manage. If you're going to demand that teachers act as parents, you'd better be willing to give them some tools to make the attempt.

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freedubayFeb. 17, 1410:09 PM

Come on folks we need to get behind these teachers! The average St Paul teacher only earn 68,000 and a total of 96,000 with benefits per school year. These people need to your support! Its not about the money, its all about the kids.

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isogstreetFeb. 17, 1410:33 PM

The teachers actually turned down a proposal of more money if they would simply drop their demands for reasonable class sizes and to have their classroom management tools returned to them. Silva was willing to bribe the teachers to avoid having to stop gaming the numbers in her statistical effort to make it appear as though there is no perception of racial bias in disciplining students. And the teachers are simply asking for the class sizes that were promised them in the last contract. A contract that Silva herself admitted she failed to honor. So what are the teachers to do? Wait for the School Board? The Board has never stood up to a superintendent. They always praise whomever they have to the high heavens. And they praise her programs even when they are the exact opposite of the previous superintendent's programs which they also praised. If you don't have kids in the St. Paul schools you don't know how far we have fallen with Silva.

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rbrus5Feb. 17, 1410:36 PM

How about instead of always using the tired line "if the teachers cared about the Kids" lets use that on the school board and the parents that don't want to ever do anything different. The tired old line about how much money they make, what ever it is it is not enough.What a thankless job as they are in a lose lose situation. Come on you people you can't have it both ways

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terry2002Feb. 17, 1411:06 PM

dfleft and naseth12, Neither of you have a grasp of what is going on in St. Paul. Silva's Strong Schools, Strong Community has been and continues to be a complete disaster for our kids in St. Paul. Why do I say that? Because my two daughters attended public school in St. Paul. The oldest graduated before Silva arrived and her experience was much better than the youngest who is still in school and suffering under Silva's policies. When the teacher strike you can complain all you want about their salary or how this should be policy but the vast majority of parents here in the city are prepared and ready to support.

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mujerincreibleFeb. 17, 1411:22 PM

Why does Mayor Coleman say let's not fight in a way that hurts children. How about let's not shove policies down teachers throats that hurt children. Let's not take away phy. ed., art, social studies, music, instrumental music, librarians, nurses, adequate funding for school libraries, counselors for children who have mental health needs, lack of preparation time for teachers to teach lessons.....

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naseth12Feb. 18, 14 6:14 AM

terry2002 - I encourage you to reread my post because we are in complete agreement. Perhaps I wasn't clear, but if teachers are stuck with disruptive students in their classroom, having fewer kids in said room helps mitigate that problem.

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anokaflashFeb. 18, 14 6:31 AM

""The average St Paul teacher only earn 68,000"" -- Not sure where you are getting your numbers, but here is perspective from the current contract. 1st year teacher w/ 4 year degree, $36,393; 25 year teacher w/ 4 year degree $59,922. 19 year teacher with Master $67,680. 25 year with PHD $86,162. Judging by the average age/experience in my building, not even close to $68,000.

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