Regina, Columbus, Regina Fuentes Columbus Education Association discussed on Joel Riley
Regina Flynn says to the Regina, appreciate you getting up for us this morning. Problem your teacher. You used to be an early working. Right. True. Representing representing this morning, the Columbus Education Association, but you've been twenty years, a teacher in your currently working in east more. Right. Correct. How are things are these more these days? We're getting along, okay? But, you know it better and over twenty years as an English instructor, I mean, are things changing or as English English English. Well, as far as my curriculum is concerned, you know, the curriculum pretty much the same. But you know we try to make it innovative and good for students. And as they learn and grow for sure, and you get a sense. I mean, I think it's kind of human nature to look back at the generation coming and think they're not quite as good as your generation, your experience kids, just as bright today as they were when you started. Well, tell you I've been in four different high schools in Columbus city schools, and, you know, it wrong it's the, the teacher is ready. And the teacher is has all her tools in her toolbox, or history by send the kids are ready to learn. And you know, it doesn't matter where you are just as what you're supposed to do. Then you're going to do well, absolutely wonderful Regina. I wanted to touch base because we were hearing maybe middle last week that there might be some prep ready for a strike of. We heard that the superintendent is being instructed to kind of have contingency plans in case that were to come to fruition won't be through where we at right now with the talk of strike in win Mike, that take place if it were to come. So currently that are barking eating maybe is in the Goshi Asian with board of education for our contract. Our contract expires as of August nineteen thousand nineteen and we are in this nation summer. She try. Come to a fair contract should that addition to the point where we reached an impasse our members voted overwhelmingly to support the coloring of a special meeting of our governing body for over the summer for the purpose of issuing a ten day, notice where the intent to stripe, but we are not there yet. Gotcha. So your gut feeling I mean because I mean, you've been around this kind of stuff haven't been a teacher for twenty years is your senses. I mean are people ready? I strike are they ready to come to dig in and say, if we don't get what we want, we're going to stand down? Well, I can tell you that teachers, nobody wants a strike because that means a lot of things in a lot of his comfort for a lot of family. However, we can't we have to use all of the tools in our toolbox. And let the district knows that, you know, we really do want to do what's necessary in order to get a fair contract. We've been associated over and over again. You know, I've been through. Threw in twenty years. I've been to quite a few different negotiations with the school board. And we just don't wanna leave feeling like we haven't been heard get that. So what are the sticking points? What are the things that you're asking for that so far? The administration is like no. I don't think we want to do that. Well, I don't know the particulars as far as the things that they're, they're holding out on. I know that you only just recently went into some of the more financial things. But the things that we went to the table with in the first place, I reduced class sizes, which should be, you know, commonsense funding schools, and making sure that wealthy corporations. Don't get the handouts at the schools are the ones that benefit from that the cats. The taxes and also making sure that there's dedicated space for art and music and PE alternative programs for discipline and reducing turnover by compensating educator news, professionals funding schools, and saving taxpayers money. And a big thing about that is, is that you see a lot of inequity about when you go through the different Columbus city schools. They're, you know, a lot of the conditions of our building being so old teachers are teaching and some really disgusting situations. I would think most people would not want their children in those situations. Either Regina winters? Our guest twenty years, a teacher currently at east more Regina, you mentioned reduced class sizes, and I mean, I totally get, I think most people here that Columbus was growing. I mean, Columbus adding people year after year. So when you when, you know that is happening, and you want, and I think most people want smaller class sizes what is. The proposal. I mean, is it build more high schools, middle schools and elementary schools are, how do you approach that the weather's more than one way to approach that, you know, actually hire more staff to, you know, meet the numbers of students that are coming into the rooms, you actually give teachers time to accommodate the amount of students that are in your classroom. When you think about, you know, one teacher to forty kids, and that's all well nice, especially when you think about ten of art teacher, who has thirty kid how is one teacher going to individually, meet the needs of thirty kids herding cats. That's that's stuff to do. No doubt about it. But when you when you play it out like moneywise, if they were to appropriate more money for staff, and instead of raises a just hire more staff would that would be an equitable solution or no? I mean, is it? We have to have better pay and more. More staff, or would you be willing to negotiate one or the other? Well, I again, I don't know the particulars of what they're negotiating as far as bad as concerned. I just know that it's all on the table right now, as far as looking at, you know, how can you make the working conditions better for not just the staff essentially for our students. Because you or your child learning conditions are our working conditions and it's all the same, and if we're working condition that is just horrific and hard to get through, it's, it's really hard to, to want to learn, it's really hard to want to stay in that predict kicked edition, and it's really hard for companies to be competitive and get the best educators, if we're if we don't have the best resource. Absolutely. A very well said, Regina your delight to talk to. I hope that as this process moves along we can touch base from time to time and just get updates. Would that be okay? That'd be perfectly fine with me testing, Regina. Thank you so much for your time. Regina Fuentes Columbus Education Association spokesperson this morning teacher twenty years currently at east.