Wearing #RedForEd T-shirts, several hundred Waterbury teachers showed their strength as a union, their dedication to their profession, and their value to the community they serve when they packed a Waterbury Board of Education meeting last night.
Their coordinated response—including chants of “No more zero!”—came in the wake of the Board’s recent decision to freeze teacher salaries.
“We have reached a troubling crossroads in education,” said Kevin Egan, president of the 1,600-strong Waterbury Teachers Association (WTA), which serves the city’s 20,000 students. He called the board’s refusal of a salary increase “demoralizing to our teachers,” especially in light of the fact that new central office positions have been created in recent months—and that next year, 28 central office administrators will make a combined $3.5 million. Read more