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Teachers Rally Outside School for Stronger Partnership

Updated: 12/11/2013 1:46 PM
Created: 12/10/2013 10:49 PM KSTP.com

(ABC 6 News) -- Dozens of teachers in Rochester braved the cold to send a district a message. They filled every inch of the sidewalk surrounding the Edison Building, letting school board members know they've got something to say.

“This is a positive opportunity of energy. You know, it's cold out, but we have the passion, we have the excitement to say to Rochester that we love teaching, we love working for Rochester Public Schools, and we want to communicate and collaborate and work with our community to make it the best," said Dr. Kit Hawkins, President of the Rochester Education Association.

She says it wasn't a protest. In fact, Superintendent Michael Munoz welcomed it. "We had heard a little bit that something might happen, and we thought it would be a good way to show our support for them, and had hot chocolate for them," said Sup. Munoz.

They're primarily seeking an even stronger partnership between the union, school board, and other parts of the district. "We do everything we can to try and support all of our employees, so anything we can do to support all of the people in our system, we will do our best to do that," said Supt. Munoz in response to that request.

Teachers have been out of a contract since last June, and say that would be a good start "It would be really, really good if we could bring that contract to closure so that we could concentrate on meeting the needs of all students," said Dr, Hawkins. Besides that, their missions are virtually one in the same, "To let them know that Rochester is the best school system, and we have the highest quality of teachers to support those students, and we value our students and value our teachers," Dr. Hawkins went on to say.

"We are very appreciative of the work that teachers do every day," said Supt. Munoz.