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State of the LPSS: Teacher roundtable discussion Part 3

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In the final installment of our two part series we find out what the group of four educators think about the 100% in, 100% out plan, and if there really is a culture of retaliation in the district. They say a fear of retaliation and retribution has been festering over years and is not just a new thing.

"I've seen teachers told you need to quit. You need to go sell shoes, and I'm talking about an entire faculty not just a person but addressing the entire faculty," explains Rudolfo Espinoza, a high school teacher.

Teachers aren't necessarily blaming their superiors. They know everyone is under a great deal of stress.

"Be able to speak our mind without having to fear we're gonna lose our job the next day. That kind of freedom is really necessary," says Herbert Wiltz, a middle school teacher.

All they want is an outlet to voice their concerns, and it could come in the form of an anonymous survey being tossed around by the school board and superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper. As that is being discussed, how to implement the 100% in, 100% out plan has long been on the table.

"Any kind of change that's gonna take place has to have some time involved with it, and you can't take everything seemingly at one time,and try to change everything," says Wiltz.

The group of four say a plan is welcomed, but could use more evaluation when it comes to addressing early childhood education.

"Parents are the first teachers, and when parents aren't becoming the first teachers then I believe it becomes difficult when they do enter school," says DeLisa Washington, a school counselor.

"But what about the kids we know falling through the cracks we could spend some more in other places as well," says Belinda Cuvillier, an elementary school teacher.

With the school system facing a $12 million short fall next year. It could force a longer delay of the plan or figuring out what's more important.

"How much of the early childhood education do we do versus do we increase class size, and how do we balance that budget and what programs will need to be cut while others are being added," says Espinoza.

The group of four say the creation of the teacher advisory board by Dr. Cooper has gone a long way when it comes to sharing ideas and gaining trust on both sides.

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