I am a parent of children in the El Centro Elementary School District. I have been on school campuses when the district could not provide enough substitute teachers for absent teachers. They have had everything from crossing guards to instructional assistants in place of our children's teachers.
I do not want my children left in a classroom with someone not qualified to maintain that classroom. The school district, school board and our community will have an unmanageable and uncontrollable situation if our teachers walk out on strike because the school board does not want to give them the pay and benefits they have already earned 10-fold. The district has received money from the state of California to assist in raising teacher's salaries. Would any of you work MORE days, agree to MORE responsibilities, and spend LESS time with your families for LESS money?
Our teachers are excellent. The school board speaks praises of their excellence. Yet, they don't give our teachers the respect and pay they earn.