Pasco teachers grievance resolution remains in limbo
It's been more than a month since leaders from the Pasco school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discussed a possible settlement to a class action grievance filed by more than 1,300 district elementary teachers.
Despite optimism on both sides that a deal could be reached to ease the workload burden placed on the teachers, the sides have not finalized anything.
Superintendent Kurt Browning sent a letter to the USEP in mid March detailing his willingness to make optional some previously required classroom assessments, and also asserting his desire to protect teacher planning and preparation time from meetings and other demands.
"The philosophy of this administration is that professional educators need to have the ability to make decisions based on what is best for their students while working collaboratively so that all Pasco students can reach their potential," Browning wrote.
Right before break, Browning sent a copy of his letter to all district principals to let them know what was on the table. He said he was waiting to hear back from the union whether it accepted his position.
USEP negotiator Jim Ciadella told the Gradebook that while Browning's letter "had a lot of what we were looking for," it left many unanswered questions. He said the union has asked for more specifics and is waiting for a response from the district. Both sides have missed calls from one another, so the grievance remains unresolved.
The USEP has said it will appeal the matter to the School Board if it cannot get satisfaction from the superintendent's office, but it has not taken any steps to activate its formal request to the board.