Grand Ledge teachers turn down agreement, focus on students instead

Grand Ledge teachers at a meeting on February 8, 2016

GRAND LEDGE, MI (WLNS) – For the 2015-2016 school year, Grand Ledge teachers have been working without contracts after the previous contracts expired in June 2015.

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On Monday Grand Ledge teachers rejected an agreement by a 3/4 vote.

Grand Ledge teachers are concerned about the right choices for students.

“Let’s continue to fight hard for what we all know is right for kids,” said Nancy Nowack, teacher, Hayes Middle School.

A news release states the agreement rejected Monday “failed to adequately address the learning conditions for students and working conditions for teacher.”

“Our contract is about working conditions that allow us to effectively educate our students. The next contract will determine what Grand Ledge Public Schools will become for the foreseeable future. If the working conditions, things like planning time, classroom aides, and class size, are bargained away, then I fear they may never return,” said Fred Hutchinson, teacher, Grand Ledge High School.

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