Dear Parents of Adams 12 Students and Friends of Adams 12 Teachers,
Our district has chosen not to abide by the contract that the teachers agreed to in good faith. Imagine if your mortgage company suddenly decided it needed some extra cash, so instead of accepting your contracted payments, it demanded payment of your entire balance.
In these difficult economic times, we teachers have tried to protect you and your children. We’ve taken salary cuts. We’ve begun doing for free what we used to do for pay. We’ve purchased more and more of our day-to-day supplies out of our own pockets.
We don’t want to let your children down. We know that quality education opens up the world for them, and we don’t want to see that world closed in by the short-sighted and politically motivated.
However, we cannot be successful in this fight for your children’s lives without your help.
Please remember the great teachers you had as a child and be generous in your memory to the ones you didn’t like much. Don’t buy into the some teachers care and some don’t mythology.
Teaching is hard. We care. We care enough to struggle through top-down demands, reduced services, and enormous class sizes. Even after tonight’s broken illusions and tattered trust, tomorrow we will be there, teaching, and trying to shield your child from all this for as long as we possibly can.
Please support us in standing up for your child. Lift your voice with ours. Don’t let us be demonized.
If we have to take organized action, please take the long view and know that we have been sacrificing for years to try to keep this from happening.