Racine educators, supporters pack school board meeting to advocate for quality public schools and a fair pay raise

Members of the Racine Education Association, Racine Educational Assistants Association and labor supporters from throughout the area packed a school board meeting this week in a pro-public education display of solidarity and to demand a fair and reasonable cost-of-living increase for the people who devote their lives every day to the children of the community. The REA-REAA posted these photos on Facebook:

A summary of the meeting in the Racine Journal Times states, in part:

During the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting, 10 teachers spoke in favor of the cost-of-living raises. But they said they also deserved supplemental pay raises, via increases in the steps and levels on the district’s pay schedule. …

Angelina Cruz, a middle school teacher and president of REU, told the board that although its members say they value educators, their actions sometimes say otherwise.

“Budgets are about priorities,” Cruz said. “Given these past few years we’ve had to plead for a full COLA (cost of living adjustment) and movement on the salary schedule, it does not feel like competent, educated and experienced educators in this district are a priority.

“You cannot put students first when you put teachers last.”

Read the entire article:

Unified Board approves cost-of-living increase for teachers

RACINE – Racine Unified teachers, across the board, will see a cost-of-living increase to their salaries this school year of 2.04 percent. The School Board approved an agreement during Monday’s meeting for the raises which were negotiated last week with the district’s teachers union, Racine Educators United.