Support for Torrance Teachers!

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Dear School Board Member:

I am writing to express my concerns about TUSD and the Board of Education.  I am concerned that TUSD and the TTA have not come to an agreement.  I am concerned that the voices of the public that you serve are not being heard and respected.  I am concerned that our teachers are not cherished as they should be, especially the really amazing ones.  I am concerned about calendar changes being made without parents being notified or consulted. 

First of all, I understand that there has been no raise agreement between the board and the teachers.  Teachers make TUSD a top district in Los Angeles County, albeit still a little behind some of our neighboring districts.  Teachers’ voices need to be heard and respected.  We need to pay our teachers well to retain top talent so that we continue to outperform and maintain our high standards. 

Secondly, TUSD needs to inform BOTH the parents and teachers when considering programs or schedules that impact the classrooms and our children, like starting the school year earlier.  Starting the school year much earlier is something that both parents and teachers should vote on as this has a huge impact on everyone’s lives.  Parents and teachers are the backbone of your schools and your disregard for both parties is not acceptable.  TUSD leans on the support of our teachers and parents daily to raise money for school necessities, help fund activities, make school events successful, keep our attendance and testing ratings up, and maintain our schools in the highest of standards which in turn, raises property values and tax dollars. 

Lastly, I would like to remind you that you have a fiduciary duty to manage the TUSD funds correctly.  The future of thousands of children in this district rests on some of your decisions.  If teachers are being pulled out of their classrooms for non-essential “professional development”, our children are losing out on a day of learning.  

Let’s all work together to make TUSD the BEST district in the state!  Let’s dream big and aspire to greater things.  We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

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