BGEA Members and Community Members: We will be participating in a day of action before school (6:30-8:30am) and after school (3:15-5:30pm) on Wednesday, May 20th at the intersection of 503 & Main Street in BG. Wear Red and come and support the state-wide pressure to have the legislator fully fun education! Look for us in the Safeway parking lot with signs on Wednesday morning and afternoon.
If you ask teachers why they do what they do, many will respond that they love children, and learning. Unfortunately, these positive, deeply personal motives are often manipulated as evident in the May 1 editorial, “Students come first.”
It is frustrating to read inaccurate, shaming comments, “Their list of grievances also include … a lack of increases in benefits (although they receive copious vacation time),” which obscures the real issues of education. Most teachers in the state of Washington are contracted to work about 180 days (plus three or four days). Students are required to attend 180 days. Summers and vacations are unpaid days. But this is not the point of the walkout that teachers in our county are considering.
Every day, teachers willingly walk in to classrooms with more children than their spaces can accommodate. Teachers willingly walk in early and stay late to provide additional time to support our students. When teachers support initiatives that demand that the state fulfills its responsibility, we are not walking out on our students and their families; we are modeling that there are some things worth standing up for — their education.