Colorado Community Media asks, "Would you be in favor of the reinstatement of a collective bargaining agreement between the district and the teachers' union?"
As a school board member, one of the highest priorities we have is to make sure the district is able to attract and retain the highest quality teachers. Teachers are, after all, the experts in the classroom that work closest with students. Therefore, the teacher voice is one of the most important stakeholder voices and is fundamental to problem solving and continuous improvement in the school district, whether we are talking safety, curriculum, class size, or student engagement and well-being.
In order to make the best, most effective decisions related to the teaching and learning environment, we need teachers to play an active, collaborative role with those decisions. Our neighboring districts, with whom we compete for highly-qualified teachers, utilize a collective bargaining agreement and I am open to researching the pros and cons as we determine how best to recruit and retain the very best teachers.
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