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By Ed Sibby

An impressive show of solidarity from Vista Teacher Association (VTA) members overflowing Vista Civic Center’s Morris B Vance Community Room at the February 15th school board meeting demonstrated the strength of their collective voice in advocating for fair salary and benefits during stalled negotiations with Vista Unified School District (VUSD). 

Prioritizing pet projects over people has caused a disconnect between the district and educators who serve students on school sites each day. While VTA has shown a willingness to compromise, the district has not made one proposal on salary and benefits in the last six months. 

VTA leaders believe a strong presence at board meetings will create the environment for a strong settlement. VUSD must recognize the value of the work teachers do, then act by providing the financial means to live in dignity as our members successfully educate Vista students. 

“We have an obligation to keep VUSD competitive as we face the ten thousand teacher shortage in California. Attracting and retaining outstanding staff should be top priorities in VUSD. It’s time for management to help support the schools and classrooms our students deserve.” 

VTA President Keri Avila

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