I value and respect all that Juneau’s teachers do to educate our children. They work extremely hard, which I believe most people certainly recognize. I fully support a fair contract for teachers that recognizes and concretely values their contributions. I’m willing to pay for it too, through taxes or any other means available to government.
Still, their current tactic of cutting back services to our children is unacceptable with me, as I suspect many agree. I’ve received emails from teacher describing how they will not support activities outside of contract hours — meetings, homework help and other activities — that all successful teachers all over the world do every day to help make their students successful. Whether it’s in the contract or not, it’s part of the job. Always has been, always will be. They knew this when they signed up.
Refusing to do these things certainly does not cause me to flock to teachers defense or advocate for their cause more. If anything, it has the opposite effect. I’m certainly not rushing off to the school board as suggested in support of teachers acting like petulant children. Please, conduct your contract negotiations. I wish you every success, but not at the expense of our children.