Impasse for Parents/Guardians
Are teachers going to strike?
We don’t want to! We have only begun what is known as a “impasse” procedure. The last resort and phase of this process would involve a work stoppage. We care passionately about providing a quality and uninterrupted education for your children. Regardless of this depressing turn of events, we will continue to devote 100% of our attention to your children. We do this job because we care about education, and we value your support.
Why has the district forced an impasse?
We are as confused as you are. The district has offered a 1% salary increase. We believe a 2% is fair and affordable. We are bewildered as to why the Ventura Unified administration and school board would even approach a work stoppage over 1%. While the district’s budget has grown over the last 7 years, Ventura Unified employees have watched as our share of the total has dropped nearly 10%. We want this process to be over as soon as possible, so we can get back to the business of supporting and educating the students of Ventura.
What are the consequences of this?
Potentially, the consequences of this process are huge. By short-stringing its employees, Ventura Unified may fail to recruit and retain quality educators. For us, this is about more than 1%. Watching our school district decline would be a long and disastrous process. Test scores will drop, and property values may be next. Any hard working employee knows the importance of feeling valued and respected by their employer. Ventura Unified employees are already within the lower half of salaries when compared to surrounding districts (Oxnard, Hueneme, and Camarillo, among others). Ventura Unified has failed to make our district competitive. We are losing quality teachers to surrounding districts, who offer more competitive salaries and make their hard-working employees a priority in their budget, not an afterthought. There is a direct relationship between high performing school and property values in a community. We want Ventura schools, and the community at large, to prosper, not decline.
What can we do to help?
First of all, you already are! By reading this and informing yourself as to this process, you are helping. Ultimately, the school board and superintendent have a decision to make. Like any public servant, they need to hear from you! Please contact school board members and let them know that you support Ventura educators, and that your children are worth more than 1%!
Follow the link above to find contact information for Ventura Unified School Board members. Feel free to cut and paste the following paragraph when contacting these individuals:
Dear __________, my name is _______, and I live in Ventura. I am frustrated and dismayed by the current state of affairs within Ventura Unified School District. It’s important for you to know that I support Ventura educators, and want the teachers and staff at my child’s school to feel valued and respected. Your mission statement declares that you are working for “high performing schools” that “build supportive relationships”. Offering only a 1% salary increase to your hard working employees fails at both objectives. I want Ventura Unified to be competitive as a school district, and to recruit and retain the best and brightest teachers. End the impasse now. My child’s education is worth more than 1%.
The sooner this ends, the sooner we can devote our full and undivided attention to the business of providing the best education possible to your hard-working students. They deserve better.