Good For Them!
"Teachers do a lot with a little. All of a sudden, a lot of things that they do are just gone. It's demoralizing," said Rachel Baker, who has a son in kindergarten.
Teachers say they don't want to stop volunteering their time.
"It's hard," said high school math teacher Judith Bodenhauser. "I have stacks of papers I haven't graded. Parents want to talk to me; I don't call them back."
The action was organized by the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, which wants a cost-of-living increase next year.
Asking for a cost-of-living increase isn’t unreasonable. If Ms. Baker wants the teachers back, all she needs to do is get together with other parents and pressure the school board to get with the program and give the rather modest raise that the teachers are seeking.
That is, of course, assuming that you really do value all those things that teachers usually do.