While reading through the May 14 San Diego Union-Tribune (I read the Imperial Valley Press also) I came across a surprising advertisement. I was disappointed to read that the El Centro Elementary School District was advertising for people to become substitute teachers in the event of a teacher work stoppage or strike. I realized that the school board and superintendent are proceeding in the wrong direction and that they are not working toward a settlement but toward a strike.
Why won't they settle with the teachers? It isn't a money issue — Gov. Gray Davis has already provided funds for teacher salaries and the money is with the district. Certainly money can't be an issue when the district has hired two attorneys and a consultant and (according to the advertisement) are willing to pay $250 daily for substitutes, plus mileage (during a gasoline price increase) and $75 a day for lodging.