Rally supports St. Paul teachers, pressures school board

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Facing a show of support for district teachers, the school board put its strike prep measures on hold and sought a productive mediation session Thursday.

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tinosaFeb. 18, 14 9:33 PM

Seen this play before where the teachers and unions get the kids and some of their parents to show up at rally's to make it look like they have over whelming support from that group.

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freedubayFeb. 18, 1410:14 PM

I wonder if the teachers, in the name of the students, would be willing to take a $10,000 cut in their already average $98,000 salary and benefit package and use that money to hire more aids and lessening their workload? I'm willing to bet that if you offer the teachers $10,000 increase the demand for more aids would quickly disappear.

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freedomallFeb. 18, 1410:16 PM

If you can't get involved in your child's education, don't have a child. I bet these children have no parental support, and yet, their teachers continue to strive and support their educational endeavors. Teachers deserve better!

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FrankLFeb. 18, 1410:34 PM

Lets replace them all, how much worse can we do? As the situation in Rodgers shows, they have zero common sense and very few working brain cells.

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stpaulisbestFeb. 18, 1410:37 PM

Just got a scare letter from Silva and Mary Doran, the Board chair, warning of dire consequences if they are forced to agree to actually limit class sizes and return to teachers the discipline tools that were taken away so that Silva could claim that there is no statistical reflection of bias in disciplining students. The letter talked about how the things the teachers want will cost more money, but makes no mention of the fact that Silva offered the teachers more salary if they would only drop their demands for smaller class sizes and a return of their ability to discipline students. The most illuminating part of the letter came at the end when Silva writes that she will only negotiate within the terms of her "Strong Communities" plan. Which is the very plan that took away the tools that teachers use to manage discipline in their classrooms and which also is responsible for the overcrowding in the classrooms. In other words, she won't actually negotiate. And this highly partisan letter? That's right, it was sent using taxpayer dollars. Yup, that's right. Silva is using our money to try to convince us that our kids should be in overcrowded classrooms with disruptive students. And the Board Chair agrees with her. What a joke!

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GjbrayFeb. 19, 14 1:12 AM

Overpaid and underperforming. Parents not involved. Public education - failing at every level.

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rshacklefordFeb. 19, 14 1:53 AM

The teachers' union again using kids as pawns. If more money is demanded, start letting go of the most expensive teachers (like Chicago did). Those ones claim that their level of education plus experience is oh so valuable. I'm sure that they can find a job successfully relating to and working with a group of professional adults. However, there is no automatic pay raise for taking some two hour class on the Lolly-Kikki method of working with difficult people, no acceptance of a high product failure rate, you do get graded (each day actually) and can be fired for any reason, you don't get summers off (sound good so far?). The administration needs to refuse to negotiate with these kinds of looming threats. If worse comes to worst, just get rid of them all and hire new ones (start over). The current ones obviously don't have anything BUT this issue on their minds. If the teachers want more money, try working year round. The students "left behind" are numerous enough for all of the teachers to be working year round. As one private school teacher said to me, it is the summers off that make it worth it. No mention of kids, parents, duties, etc except with contempt. BTW, were the AH11 teachers ever asked to take work home as they are now refusing to do? And, now saying that student (product) expectations need to be lowered? Try saying that to a real boss in the real world. He/she would wonder why a professional needs to take work home all the time in order to do their job.

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mnavariceFeb. 19, 14 3:42 AM

If they strike they will be pariahs.

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comment229Feb. 19, 14 4:53 AM

Let's eliminate a couple myths here... first, you can quote the extreme highest salary a teacher makes anywhere in Minnesota, but if you are honest, you will find that most teachers don't make half of what some people are quoting. Second, and probably the most important thing for a few of the anti-education crowd promote, teachers... are the union.

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toby3061Feb. 19, 14 4:55 AM

It's for the kids! GIVE US YOUR MONEY OR ELSE!

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