Fair Contract Now for Renton Educators!
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The educators who make up the members of the Renton Education Association are dedicated, passionate professionals who care deeply about the lives of every student in Renton Public Schools. These members arrive at work every day with the commitment to provide a world-class education to their students. Over the past few months, REA members have been working tirelessly to negotiate a contract that supports the needs of students and educators. As of now, the district and its educators remain far apart on issues that impact student learning and the working environment of educators.
We call on the members of the School Board for the Renton School District (Alisa Louie, Avanti Berquist, Lynn Desmarais, Gloria Hodge, and Pam Teal) to support a contract that reflects the following bargaining directives as outlined by the members of the Renton Education Association:
1. Our counseling and other special services need to be appropriately staffed and better supported so that our children are ready to learn.
Students deserve access to a counselor. Currently, the student/counselor ratio does not allow counselors to support students one on one. There is no contract language for Nurses who keep our students healthy. ESA workload needs to be addressed in order to appropriately support our students.
2. More supports need to be provided for special needs children so we can adequately educate them in the classroom.
Our special education students deserve sufficient teaching and paraprofessional staff to provide 1-1 help. Currently, RSD does not fund appropriate staffing levels, support, and curriculum to ensure this happens.
3. The jobs we do must be more satisfying and less overwhelming for all our members as a result of this bargain.
Students deserve to learn in classrooms that have up-to-date curriculum and supplies, no matter the zip code. Renton educators need the basic materials, curriculum, and instructional time to teach our children.
4. More behavior supports need to be provided so we can adequately educate our students.
Our students deserve access to supportive learning environments. Educators need behavior supports in order to reach ALL students and create opportunities for all students to thrive. District procedures should honor educator expertise and voice in this process.
5. Renton Education Association Members need to be compensated at a rate that reflects their value as professionals.
The District must do everything possible to maintain the best and brightest educators by paying competitive salaries and benefits, especially during this time of historic funding increases from the state under the McCleary lawsuit. The state has passed an additional $1.4 BILLION intended for educator salaries. The Renton School District is receiving a a total increase in local and state funding of $35.6 MILLION through 2020-2021. Withholding money intended for educators and their families is unacceptable and shows that District priorities do NOT align with our community values.
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