Teachers Asked to Work for No Pay

Green Bay teachers were the subject of statewide debate on talk radio today.

Conservative talk show hosts from Milwaukee to Green Bay were talking about last night's school board meeting- in which teachers objected to having to work an extra thirty minutes a day without compensation.

Here's the story everyone's talking about.

One teacher said, "We are [part of] the union. If you don't trust us, if our school board doesn't trust us, then you have a problem."

One by one, for more than an hour.

Green Bay teachers voiced their concerns over the board's decision to add an extra 30 minutes to their schedules; Going from a 7 and a half to an eight hour workday without compensation.

Green Bay Education Association president Toni Lardinois is calling it the final straw, "You're now asking us to work for free.. we do not work for free.. yes we love what we do but nobody does what they do for free.. we have families to take care of just like everybody else."

Chris wagner said, "most people out there do work at least 8 hours."

District Leaders say it's additional planning time.

School Board President Jean Marsch said, "It's to improve student achievement, we need to expand the workday to have more planning time between teachers, more collaboration time."

But teachers feel disrespected.
One said, "We've worked collaboratively with you, we'd like to continue it but the little things that have no fiscal impact seem to constantly kick us while we're down."

The school board says it will take the comments into consideration.. And both sides hope they can start working together.. For the better of the district.

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