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As strike looms, support your Dixon teachers

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I’ve been a teacher at one of your local public schools since August 2007, and I’ve seen almost 6 years of the work done by my colleagues in the Dixon Public School system. I’m consistently impressed with the competence and care the teachers and support staff bring to their classrooms and to your children every day.

In the halls of our schools, your children look to my colleagues for guidance and support. From pre-kindergarten tots to graduating seniors, teachers and staff are with your children daily, giving instruction, caring and helping, looking out for this community’s greatest treasures. My colleagues don’t let down, and they don’t turn off in working hard to bring a good, 21st-century education to your children. 

These same teachers, my colleagues, and I are about to take a stand against a difficult employment situation by going on strike. We’ve bargained in good faith and cannot come to terms with those opposed to our contract requests. We ask this community to consider our requests and needs as human beings with families of our own.

We ask that you investigate all publicly available information and decide for yourself what is equitable and fair. If you do so and decide the teacher’s union, the DEA, has a valid right to strike, we ask that you contact your school board representative and discuss this situation and your feelings regarding it. Please access our website, dixoneducationassociation.org, for more information.

This community deserves a full school year for its students, taught by the very best teachers and support staff. We have that today, but soon we will not. Change can be made.

I, in speaking for many of my fellow DEA members, ask you, the Dixon community, to come to our aid in this hour of our need. Support your local teachers and DEA in any way you can.

Note to readers – N. Thomas Padilla is a Dixon High School teacher and a member of the Dixon Education Association.

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