“I think we spend a lot of time teaching our children to be resilient, to be thoughtful decision makers to be good communicators, and the strike was sort of antithesis to that,” said one South Burlington Parent.
"I just like to challenge myself a little bit," said Frederick Tuttle Middle School seventh grader Cole Patno. School may be out, but the 12 year old is hitting the books.
The Fredrick Middle School Library is normally very quite. Wednesday night it was teeming with applause, and emotion. It was all about a strike that started on Tuesday.
The Vermont-National Educators Association filed an unfair labor practice on behalf of the South Burlington teachers Tuesday. A complaint cited “stalling tactics” used by the board in their contract negotiations.
Until further notice the school will be closed starting tomorrow,” said South Burlington School Board Clerk Martin Lalonde. That was a gist of a message for South Burlington parents: school and school activities have been put off, until the district teachers get their contract.
Some public employees in Vermont are getting the benefits of retirement while they're still working.