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Pasco teachers union plans to appeal grievance decision, unless ...



Rebuffed in its efforts to reduce teacher workload, the United School Employees of Pasco has every intention of turning to the Pasco School Board for relief.

"We were disappointed" with former superintendent Heather Fiorentino's response, USEP negotiator Jim Ciadella told the Gradebook. "We are going to appeal it."

That is, unless new superintendent Kurt Browning has a different take on the teachers' complaints, Ciadella added. Even if the union takes its grievance to the board, he noted, Browning could intervene, eliminating the need to move to the next step.

Browning, who met with USEP leaders Tuesday evening, told the Gradebook that he's on their side. "I told them we are not on opposing teams," he said. "We are not enemies."

But before acting on things like eliminating testing and school meetings, Browning said he wants some time to learn all the facts in play and arrive at his own conclusions on what is feasible and allowable. He can't do much to change state and federal mandates, for instance, but district requirements are definitely on the table.

"We need to make efforts at the district office to assess is what we are doing required, can it be done differently, can it be done more efficiently," he said. "Those are some things we need to ferret out."

That just might not happen within the time lines set forth in a grievance proceeding. So don't look for the USEP to back off just yet, no matter how optimistic it might be about new district leadership.

[Last modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 6:47am]


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