Rocklin Teachers’ Commitment to Students Unwavering
Just as teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland have drawn a line inthe sand for their students, so have members of the Rocklin TeachersProfessional Association (RTPA). Hundreds of teachers and community supporters rallied at the December 19 Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) schoolboard meeting to support their efforts in getting a fair contract.
The two sides have been
certified to fact-finding after the mediation failed. While the two found
common ground on special education and safety language, the district’s refusal
to invest in attracting and retaining the best teachers for Rocklin students
became the line in the sand.
“We are in the midst of a
statewide teacher shortage, yet the district is not willing to invest in what
our students need most – qualified teachers. We are concerned RUSD won’t be
able to attract qualified teachers,” said RTPA President Colleen Crowe.
our homework,” she added. “RUSD can afford our proposal which, hopefully, will
attract and retain the best teachers for our students.” RTPA
is asking for a 12.5% increase in compensation to help keep its over 622
members from pursuing better pay and benefits in neighboring districts. The
district is offering 4.65%. To get the same pay as Roseville City School
District teachers, RUSD would have to prioritize the investment of a 13.5%
salary increase for teachers, Crowe noted. Even more for salaries to be
comparable with the Roseville Joint Union High School District. “No
wonder those districts do a better job attracting teachers and substitutes.”
teachers are standing up for students and fighting for the future of our
schools and community. There is no more important expenditure than investing in
a stable and highly qualified team of teachers to work directly with our
students,” she said
strike remains on the table as the local teachers consider all options.
RTPA members voted overwhelmingly in October to authorize RTPA’s executive
board to call a strike in the event a contract settlement is not reached. A
strike is legal upon completion of the fact-finding process. “We are prepared
to make this sacrifice for our students and our community,” said Crowe. “We don’t want to strike, but we will
for our students, our schools, and our community.”