78.5 F
Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, May 19, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesTEACHERS UNION WANTS ANSWERS FROM SENATORS

TEACHERS UNION WANTS ANSWERS FROM SENATORS

With an eye toward the coming campaign for the fall elections, the St. Thomas-St. John Federation of Teachers is preparing to evaluate the district's senators.
The seven district senators of the 23rd Legislature and the at-large representative have been invited appear before the union membership on Wednesday, March 22, to respond to questions, particularly with regard to their views on education issues.
The objective is to determine "which lawmakers truly are concerned about our needs," union Public Education Committee chair Carol Callwood said. She said the union will decide which senators to back for re-election based on their positions. "It's a sorting-out process," she said. "We need to know first hand about our leaders' posture on the items that are near and dear to us."
Retroactive pay remains an issue of major concern, she said, but there are others, including the physical condition of schools, the general shortage of supplies and the desire for greater autonomy for the Board of Education. And student discipline is an issue on which teachers will expect the senators to take a stand, she said, given the recent job action at Charlotte Amalie High School over a disciplinary action.
Callwood will be a moderator posing questions to the senators. She said the public is encouraged to attend the session and pose questions.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Palms Court Harbourview Hotel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,718FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
With an eye toward the coming campaign for the fall elections, the St. Thomas-St. John Federation of Teachers is preparing to evaluate the district's senators.
The seven district senators of the 23rd Legislature and the at-large representative have been invited appear before the union membership on Wednesday, March 22, to respond to questions, particularly with regard to their views on education issues.
The objective is to determine "which lawmakers truly are concerned about our needs," union Public Education Committee chair Carol Callwood said. She said the union will decide which senators to back for re-election based on their positions. "It's a sorting-out process," she said. "We need to know first hand about our leaders' posture on the items that are near and dear to us."
Retroactive pay remains an issue of major concern, she said, but there are others, including the physical condition of schools, the general shortage of supplies and the desire for greater autonomy for the Board of Education. And student discipline is an issue on which teachers will expect the senators to take a stand, she said, given the recent job action at Charlotte Amalie High School over a disciplinary action.
Callwood will be a moderator posing questions to the senators. She said the public is encouraged to attend the session and pose questions.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Palms Court Harbourview Hotel.