"The reputation of the district is in jeopardy with the actions of the association. There wasn't a town here originally, there was a school district, and people moved here to be a part of that."The administration could at least make some sort of conciliatory gesture: move into tents to save on building costs, and fight the budget battle as if it's a real war. We're all in this together, right?
--Sue Walker, Superintendent
"[Ben] lost it. He said, 'Why me? Why me? Why did they pick me?' The right that we have to a good education, by this decision by the administration, has been hindered."
--Sharon Reijonen, parent
"We're trying to use our resources more effectively than we have in the past."
--Dan Mann, School Board member
"Before we do something this instructionally damaging, we believe we should have exhausted all possible avenues for revenue generation and for cost reduction."
--Elizabeth Beck, Shoreline EA co-president
"This is the first time in my teaching career I have ever been embarrassed to be in this district. They're sucking the soul out of Shoreline."
--Kaydee McGillivray, longtime elementary teacher
"There's definitely a sense that in this whole struggle to bring the financial picture back into line, there's been a certain callousness and overlooking what's happening in the classroom. It's past the eleventh hour, it's past the twelfth hour. It's the third week of school."
--Ed Coleman, parent
"I don't think the strike is going to change what's going on, and I think it sends the wrong message to the community. Frustration and disappointment are my primary emotions at this point."
--Mike Jacobs, Board president
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Shoreline teacher strike: just the quotes
Via the Times article. The strike begins--and ends--tomorrow. But the hurt will last until summer, at least.