CCSD Vows To Keep Schools Open Should Teachers Strike

Teachers Set To Walk Sept 10th Without New Deal

Mitch Kelly
August 21, 2019 - 6:54 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT)- Representatives with the Clark County School District said Tuesday that they plan to keep schools open if teachers go on strike. The Union representing the teachers said Tuesday that they plan to strike beginning September 10th if a new agreement between the union and CCSD isn't reached.

District leaders met yesterday at Valley High School to discuss solutions should a walkout occur.

“We must work together to avert a possible strike. This is not in the best interest of our children or our community of committed educators. I wanted our school site leaders to come together today so that we could put our heads together and come up with a set of traditional and non-traditional options.” Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara added. “We collectively agreed, that CCSD has some of the most qualified teachers in America, and our teachers deserve more pay, which is why the offer on the table provides a 3% raise, a step increase and an additional 4% increase towards medical benefits.  With approximately $69 million on the table, a request for additional funding would only cause a greater deficit for our district, and in return our children.”

Not all teachers are union employees, so it remains to be seen how many teachers would walk of the job should a strike occur. Such an action is illegal in Nevada.

Teachers have protested what they say are lack of promised pay raises. Another major issue for the union is the lack of a pay raise for teachers who advanced a column in the salary table after completing professional development under the district’s professional growth system.