The fact that Voting for the New Contract runs only from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 -- without early release or any sort of time consideration -- is a complete disregard for the actual schedule that (good) teachers keep.
I will do my best to re-arrange my schedule and vote, but it will be difficult. My school is holding Take-Your-Parent-to-School Day, plus a PTSA meeting. That's been long scheduled. I'm sure parents will understand if we have to go vote, but still... it shouldn't be a choice.
If my planning period was longer than 50 minutes, I would chance leaving the building to wait in line to vote. But the voting site is a 10-minute drive away, and finding parking (it will be busy) and getting in line to vote within 25 minutes or so is too risky.
I hope I'm wrong. But this has made me and a lot of teachers at my school pretty annoyed (I heard, with my own ears, that Alonso said he would support an early-release date, so I'm blaming the BTU for this one), If the contract doesn't pass this time (I'm voting for it), we have a reason -- I really doubt there will close to the turnout as there was at the first vote, and only the people who hate the contract (they are vocal and their word is spreading) will be turning out in droves, not the ones who sorta like it like me. And I don't know any teachers jumping up and down about it, just ateachers (like me) who see a lot of good in it but have our reservations still.
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