I am the mother of a child who attends one of El Centro's elementary schools. I am very concerned that the conflict between Superintendent Klentschy and the teachers is causing harm to our children.
Regarding the continuing dispute between the El Centro Elementary School District and the teachers' association, I wonder if it has occurred to anyone else that maybe the reason teachers have gone almost two years without a contract is because the school district doesn't want them to have one?
I have reviewed what the district has offered and what teachers are asking for, and I can tell you that if I were a teacher who worked in the elementary district (which I am not), where student performance and test scores are up, I would be as mad as they are (and then some). If I were new to the district, I'd probably be looking for a teaching job somewhere else right about now. In fact, I might even be considering the Calexico Unified School District, where a settlement was reached for significantly more money than El Centro's district has offered its teachers — and without the demeaning changes in contract language designed to force them to work even more unpaid overtime.