This part of the story illustrates the power gap and why it is ridiculous to think that teachers (or at least the union or even the district) are really involved in the education that is being offered. ”Teachers are `strongly encouraged`, but they do not need to take an additional 12-hour training for distance training for a scholarship or salary increase units before August 10. Teachers have complained that they have not received adequate training, but now that it is available, they are pushing for them to accept it. Similarly, everyone recognizes that teachers need some kind of training to improve performance in the spring, but the borough is not responsible for training all teachers. Ultimately, this fall, teachers have no excuse for not providing a better education experience than in the spring. Any other profession seems to have adapted. ”We look forward to working with PAEA to ensure the safety of our teachers, students and families in key areas of distance learning,” said Superintendent Don Austin. ”We are leaving this year with clear common schedules, increased synchronized interaction, traditional grades, daily presence and well-trained staff.” In a break from the traditional fall routine, the first 10 days of the school year would be considered a ”strong start” focused on connecting with families to ensure they have the technological access they need to learn online. Instead of starting academic teaching, teachers would perform two hours a day of ”complementary learning activities” focused on student well-being and social/emotional learning. The union said it would now work with headteachers to negotiate local collective agreements. Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the agreement advances the priorities of parents and teachers. Union president Harvey Bischof says teachers haven`t gotten everything they want, but the deal will ensure stability in the province`s schools.
All teachers exposed to coronavirus and who are to be quarantined continue to be paid and do not have days that are deducted from medical or personal leave as long as they can continue to teach remotely, the agreements state. The agreement reached after months of controversial negotiations would not necessarily mean that schools would reopen now. Instead, it creates a more viable path to re-opening and suggests that city leaders, if they present their next plan, would likely have more teachers who would be willing to return to the classroom. Among the topics discussed for the various unions were the increase in high school classes, compulsory online courses for high school students, benefits and a recruitment regime that gives teachers with more seniority an advantage in choosing long-term casual and permanent teaching positions. Hello again – I`ll go back to my original point, which is that teachers can`t come back until and unless the real reasons they don`t want to come back are addressed. I saw above that someone did an article that was deleted (thankfully) before I saw it, but I got the general point that allegedly arguing about trivial issues like child care — and for that matter, working on laptops and testing/tracking contracts — ”off topic.” The bitter custom disputes above make me feel even more that the county needs to determine exactly what teachers` concerns are, and whether those concerns are reasonable – such as the need for child care or work computer computers – then it is the duty of the region to achieve these things.