Tacoma must come together. Do what’s best for students.

September 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Though the context for negotiations has changed, the reality for students in Tacoma Public Schools has not.  The negotiating parties (Tacoma Public Schools and Tacoma Education Association) need to keep in mind that under the status quo:

  • Only 44% of TPS grads meet graduations requirements for admission to a four-year university.
  • Only 38% will go on to enter a two- or four-year college or university, with even fewer graduating (Source: 2009 BERC Report).
  • We have a stagnant achievement gap in some areas, and a widening achievement gap in math (2009 TPS Achievement Gap Report to the Community).

Given these sobering statistics, we should all commit to ensuring that something positive for students comes out of the negotiations. We urge Tacoma Public Schools and Tacoma Education Association to bargain in good faith and seize the opportunity to create a staffing decision policy that uses multiple measures, including evaluation, to get our best teachers where our students need them. Now is the time to create something that is good for students and fair for teachers. The negotiating parties should seize the opportunity to be at the forefront of transforming education and making Tacoma Public Schools a model for the nation.

Monique LeTourneau
Stand for Children  – Tacoma

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