Pasco district, teachers settle workload grievance
The United School Employees of Pasco and the school district administration have reached a deal on elementary teachers' complaints about their overloaded work schedule.
The agreement will make some tests voluntary that had been required. It seeks to limit the amount of collaborative planning to once weekly, to guarantee teachers their contracted amount of planning time. And it stresses that teachers should not be attending "nonessential" committee meetings.
Former superintendent Heather Fiorentino rejected the teachers' grievance as one of her final acts in office. Upon taking the job, superintendent Kurt Browning said he wanted to find a resolution, stressing that he agreed with many of the teachers' concerns. He met with teachers while looking for viable answers.
"While much credit goes to the willingness to make changes by Superintendent Browning, the real credit and congratulations goes to those teachers who committed themselves and worked for two years toward the benefit of their colleagues and students!" the USEP said in a release announcing the settlement.