Education requires teachers


I am writing in regards to the Touchet School District bargaining contract.

Currently there is a disagreement between the teachers and the School Board. Teachers are being fired, expected to work unpaid hours and some staff members are not receiving paychecks on a timely basis.

A lawyer is being paid to fight against the teachers ideas for agreements in the bargain. Where is the school getting this money if it can't even pay its staff on time? This is unacceptable and should be put to a stop.

As a Touchet graduate, I believe every teacher did a great job and should be rewarded for their hard work, not reprimanded. Previously, teachers were allotted time two Wednesdays a month through an early release schedule and this time has been taken away from them.

If teachers cannot have time to prepare for classes and other school events, when are they supposed to learn the material to be able to teach it to students?

As I am preparing to graduate from college, I am reflecting on what it took to get to this point. Having been in the Touchet school system from kindergarten until graduation from high school, I know a big reason for my success is the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff.

Everyone from the principal to the school nurse to the teachers themselves played an instrumental part in getting me to this point. It is unfair and unjust that the teachers are not being rewarded for their hard work and sacrifices.

I hope the School Board reconsiders their position because without the teachers there is no education.

Jennifer Brown


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