Calexico teachers and the school board had been battling for many months over contract issues, although that seems to be the case every few years in Calexico. The dispute was declared to be at impasse in January and the fact-finding process was started in March. Locals in the know said this was the first time the CUSD had gone as far as the fact-finding stage in its countless disputes with teachers.
Once it is, we would like to see all parties in the district concentrate on the reason they are there: to educate children deeply in need of education. This is a school district with mostly low standardized test scores and too many young people graduating without the basic education and skills needed to succeed in life.
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The fact is the CUSD board and administration have spent too much time in recent months and years in internecine battles and too little time trying to improve the district’s quality of education. And the district’s teachers have spent too much time picketing and complaining about their contract when their main goal should be being great educators.
We hope any agreement reached carries with it a tacit resolution for all sides to concentrate primarily on what they were hired to do: educate Calexico’s kids to the best of their abilities.
CUSD contract accord.
Now concentrate on educating the kids.
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