At a news conference yesterday morning, Gary Yee placed the teacher contract imposition in the context of the district’s painful takeover history, Tony Smith said he wanted to start over and OEA executive director Ward Rountree said that was a terrible way to do it. (You can find a story about the whole situation here.)
We posted reader polls on the strike and the contract imposition, if you care to vote. Oh, and the Tribune ran an editorial saying raises for teachers would be “nice,” but that the district can’t afford them.
At the news conference yesterday, I asked why the district decided not to return to the table with the teachers union. Why impose now? Yee said immediate changes in two provisions — removing previous K-3 class size caps as well as a miminum number of contract teachers for its adult education programs, which will be slashed by 40 percent next year – would save between $1 million and $3 million.
Board member David Kakishiba had this to say before the news conference started: “I think in either decision — going back to the table or doing the imposition — the prospect of success, where both sides are happy, I think, are remote.”
He added, “I think what we did last night was to try something a little different.”