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With negotiations looming, teachers make demands

Posted: Friday, Aug 16th, 2013

Watsonville High School teacher Ryan Kuntz (right) leads a group of Pajaro Valley Unifed School District teachers during a demonstration for improved working conditions Friday before the annual district-wide breakfast. (Photos by Jeanie Johnson and Roseann Hernandez/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — As Pajaro Valley Unified School District administrators and employees began congregating in the Pajaro Valley High School cafeteria for the annual back to school district-wide breakfast Friday, teachers represented by the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers (PVFT) held up signs on the corner of Green Valley Road and Main Street to rally support as they prepare for continued contract negotiations with the district.

Making their way to the high school through the early morning fog, teachers waved signs that read, “Tell the truth! Less prep time hurts students,” and “Less prep time, teaching suffers.”

Outside the high school cafeteria, which by this time was full of district staff and employees, teacher Sarah Henne said teachers have three priorities as they go into the next round of negotiations starting in September: salary improvements, an increase in preparation time, lower class sizes and decreased case loads.

For the complete article see the 08-17-2013 issue.

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