Re “Everyone agrees Sacramento teachers should get a pay raise. So who, exactly, would a strike serve?” (Editorials, Nov. 6): The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board’s bias against unions is intact. Many of your statements are either erroneous, ill-informed, or plainly not factual. The teachers have been working without a contract since December of last year. There are serious issues facing the district and the teachers are attempting to address that now through their union, since the district has consistently failed to mitigate these concerns. The strike is about much more than salaries and healthcare. Your comment that it should be for the board, superintendent and community to prioritize the issue of classroom size reduction is ludicrous. Many teachers have children who are students in the district, are members of the community, and have every right to voice their concerns. Teachers more than anyone know what the issues and needs are in the classrooms. Any pathology in the district is because the district has refused to address the changing demographics in our community in a proactive and productive manner. The statement that a mandate to change classroom sizes would funnel money into affluent neighborhoods is patently false. The average number of students in grades four through six is 33 in all schools. It should be incumbent on the district to want to provide the best services so students have an optimal educational experience in a setting conducive to learning. That includes smaller classroom sizes; art and music; PE; and more counseling, psychological and special ed services at all schools, not just “affluent” ones. This is not a fantastical wish list. These are services that are shown by statistics to improve educational outcomes. The district has not prioritized these basic fundamentals of a well-rounded education. You made no comment in your editorial about the top-heavy administration and the 17 percent raise administrators received. More administrators are obviously not the answer to the districts woes. My two grandchildren are fourth generation Sacramento school district students. As a product of Sacramento schools, I am disappointed that the Sacramento City Unified School District continues to fall short of the destination district they aspire to. I blame the district and its mismanagement for that, not the teachers nor the teachers union.
Cynthia Gargovich, Sacramento
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