Aug 08

Racine educators win key school board vote on handbook

Photos by Joe Brusky

Racine educators won a key battle Monday night when the school board voted to delay¬†action on changes to the employee handbook until after the administration meets and confers with the elected union leadership of the district’s educators.

“Great news from last night!” the Racine Education Association-Racine Educational Assistants Association declared on its Facebook page.¬†“We take our profession seriously and we will collectively stand to make sure we have a voice in how our schools are run.”

Dozens of educators and supporters emailed and called their school board members urging them to work with elected union leaders to make changes to the handbook rather than imposing rules on employees without any input. Joined by educators and union colleagues from throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee and Kenosha, they then showed up in a strong display of solidarity at the school board meeting. The vote was 5-4 to delay implementation and work with educators.

Below is a stream of comments and photos from the REA-REAA Facebook page:

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