The public voted for this because our politicians refused to listen to their wants. Now the politicians want to weasel out of what the voters CONSTITUTIONALLY required.
They MUST follow the voters wishes UNLESS they succeed in changing the amendment.
Don't get fooled!
No matter how you felt about the amendment most voters believed it was the only route left after decades of broken promises, lackluster funding and superficial support of education.
Teachers who admitted they voted for it also admitted that they had no faith in their politicians or school board - minor distinction - to fund education properly.
Our Board and Superintendent retaliated by ramming teaching 6 out of 7 down our throats. Read previous posts if you just came aboard.
Do you really think they will rescind the extra period we are required to teach?
Do you think CTA has a strategy prepared?
Do you really think the board will "average class loads" without including guidance counselors, media specialists, tech specialists, curriculum specialists, psychologists and anyone else they can stretch the definition of "student contact" to cover? All to make it look good on paper.
"Averaging" will make it possible for you to have classes with 35 students in each class and still only have one conference period - while your next door neighbor can have 18.
That was the standard operating procedure and the public finally caught on.
Some totally incompetent administrators take the easy way out when scheduling - a deadly and gruesome combination for unhappy teachers and lower morale.
This attempt, if successful, will only make the coming storm over the Gates-inspired teacher evaluation instrument WORSE.
Don't fall for it. Don't let anyone else fall for it. Stay alert on this one. Get vocal.