At Monday's School Board meeting, teachers pack the room at the Coultrap facility, asking the board to "rediscover the power of coming to the table with the possibility of a win-win."
Geneva teachers stepped to the podium again Monday night, expressing frustration with ongoing teacher negotiations that have been unresolved since the present contract ended in Aug. 15. Dr. Vicky Tusken, a teacher at Geneva Middle School, called for a problem-solving approach to negotiations, in which neither the Geneva Education Association nor the School Board "come to the table with a set of must-haves." "I am boldly asking all of you to push aside the rancor," she said. "Let us rediscover the power of coming to the table with the possibility of a win-win." She implored the School Board to give up "your adherence to a hard salary freeze," the first public reference to either side's position at the bargaining table. "The very fabric of …
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If you back people into a corner often enough, they're bound to come out fighting!
- Jeff Ward
Monday, September 3, 2012
After being accused of some intemperate columns lately (who me?), instead of issuing my trademark “I told you so,” I’ll simply echo Sheldon Cooper’s milder Big Bang Theory refrain, “I told you thusly.” Though I have to say that wasn’t nearly as much fun. Because if there’s one thing I’ve tried to teach you people, as even fictional physicists will attest, for every action in this life, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Unless, of course, you write a column about high school purses or backyard chickens, in which case some reactions are more equal than others. And it’s this very regard that I’ve tried to warn y’all about the TaxFACTS group. While they certainly performed a valuable service by sounding the runaway School District …