Spilling the tea on CCSD

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By Oliver Van Aken

 

Addressing the People/ CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara announces the proposal agreed upon by both parties on Aug. 29. Jara was joined by members of the school board and Governor Sisolak. Photo Courtesy of Clark County School District

The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) has dismissed any plans for a teacher strike on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Clark County School District (CCSD) and CCEA met an agreement at court on Thursday, Aug. 29 through negotiations.

“I’m glad the teachers found another alternative to striking that still gave them what they wanted,” sophomore Michael Garritano says. “They really deserve respect for all they do for their students and community.”

The reason for the teachers’ anger with the district dates back to when the contract was made, where both parties agreed on a professional growth plan. CCSD told teachers their only way to receive an increase in salary was to pursue higher education either by getting their Master’s Degree, taking classes the district offered or trade time they spent outside their contract . When teachers applied for a raise, they were told the district had no money and could not give teachers any higher pay.

“I think it was a good deal for both parties, I like that the teachers are being paid by how far they get their education,” Coronado parent Erik Breeden says. “I think it will be better for the students which will also be better for the school district and the city.”

CCEA gained the following salary increases and benefits through negotiating with CCSD; a three percent increase in pay for all district employees, a two percent increase in the cost of living pay, a four percent increase in health insurance premiums per month, and increased payment for teachers who have pursued higher education. The union does not yet know when these payments will be processed, but the school district has assured them they will be expedited.

“The strike really would have put a burden on me, I wouldn’t of access to my aides and students,” Life Skills teacher Mr. Manning said. “So overall, I’m very pleased with the outcome of the strike and the current proposal from the school district.”

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News editor Oliver Van Aken is a sophomore, and this is his second year on staff. Oliver loves to write news, features and take photos for the website. His other elective is French I and is taking French II online. In his free time he hangs out with friends, studies for AP World, and participates in Young Mens Service League.