The El Centro Elementary School District is not the only local school district plagued by a labor dispute between staff and administration. Staff with the Calexico Unified School District and the Imperial County Office of Education also are locked in disputes with management over contracts.
Are there right and wrong sides in these battles? That is hard to say. What we do know is often it is not simple to reach agreement on contracts.
What we are talking about is a district's ability to pay teachers and other staff fair wages. Teachers want to earn livable salaries combined with benefits that will allow them to enjoy their chosen field. Management, on the other hand, only has so much money.
The unfortunate thing is as these contract disputes continue, kids lose. We know in El Centro Elementary's case, teachers are not participating in many after-school programs they had helped run. Teachers have to do what they see as right in attempting to bring conclusion to the dispute. It is just sad the kids lose much-needed services and mentoring during such labor disputes.