Poll: Do Negotiations Affect the Students?
Do they affect the learning environment?
The Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association and the board of education have been locked in negotiations since the contract expired in June 2011, and now they are going into fact finding after mediation failed to bring about a new contract.
But is all this affecting the students themselves as they continue to attend school every day?
Teachers have said they are trying not to speak to students about the contract issue because it is inappropriate to do so. When students ask about their Friday morning walkouts—where teachers remain outside their buildings until the moment their most recent contract requires them to walk inside, and they do not stay past their contracted hours—they just simply say they are waiting until it is time to go inside because of their contracts.
But they do not discuss the specifics of the negotiations.
And many teachers have said they are just trying to do the best they can for the students.
What do you think, Bridgewater? Take our poll and let us know if you think the negotiations are affecting students, and tell us in the comments exactly what you think!