Travis Unified Teachers Association wants to set the record straight concerning allegations made by candidate Donna Bishop in a recent article, “Travis teachers union targets her, school board candidate says,” which appeared Thursday in the Daily Republic.
TUTA evaluates each school board candidate seeking our endorsement before spending time and effort informing voters which candidates are supported by local teachers. Candidates Riitta De Anda and John Dickerson have high expectations for success and will work to provide employees with tools needed to achieve results. Both candidates have experience with budgets and want to maximize our revenue dollars so all students can reach their full potential.
A TUTA endorsement does not guarantee an automatic win – our endorsed candidate was unsuccessful in 2008. And, in the 2011 election when none of the candidates shared our vision, TUTA remained neutral and did not make an endorsement.
Teachers endorsed Ms. Bishop’s campaign in 2009, but her performance on the board has been disappointing. Teachers counted on Ms. Bishop to provide leadership for the district, but her actions spoke louder than words.
Leadership means making hard personal choices like agreeing to the same cut your employees experienced in each paycheck since 2009. Yet, Ms. Bishop voted against taking a reduction in her salary. Leadership means when you consider what is best for kids, you also consider what is best for teachers – and large class sizes are good for neither. Leadership means you appreciate the continued sacrifices of your employees as they feel the effects of lost pay, increased class sizes and loss of prep time.
Travis teachers endorse candidates who are willing to serve their community by working to improve Travis schools for the students and the employees. On Nov. 5, we hope you join us in supporting Riitta De Anda and John Dickerson as the candidates who will best move our district forward.
President, Travis Unified Teachers Association