Poll: Have Your Feelings Changed on Contract Talks?
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A few hundred teachers turned out for Tuesday's board of education meeting to express their thoughts on the current negotiations between the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association and the board of education.
They discussed the many hours they work, the students they help and the difference they make in the lives of the children.
"I am frustrated and angry, and I can only direct blame at the source," said Adamsville Primary School librarian Kelly Mumber. "I humbly ask that you keep in mind that all your teachers are people."
Comments and concerns from residents about the negotiations have ranged from disapproval that allowing for raises for teachers will lead to higher taxes, to belief that the teachers should be compensated for all they do for the students.
Board of education president Evan Lerner was not immediately available for additional comments Wednesday.
But Tuesday was the first night that teachers turned out in droves, filling the main room of the Harmon V. Wade Administration Building, spilling out in the hallway, occupying the separate room used for closed circuit television during meetings and even peering in at the meeting from outside the building.
So, Bridgewater, we want to know what you are thinking. Did the words of so many teachers, and former students praising those teachers, change your opinion of how these negotiations should end?
Take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comments below!