Rochester Teachers Association “Not Confident” in Action to Address Safety Concerns
The Rochester Teachers Association representative assembly affirmed an expression of “no confidence” in the efforts of the Rochester School District and Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small to address issues involving what the union sees as a lack of safety in schools.
The no-confidence resolution was approved by the RTA on Tuesday.
The RTA accuses Myers-Small of taking no real action and offering “band-aid and empty rhetoric instead of leadership.”
The RTA resolution says the district has the funds to fund the necessary measures, including smaller class sizes, increased social and emotional support for students, strengthened security protocols, and alternative placement options. But the union says the district and the superintendent have taken little action.
In a statement, Myers-Small said she was not deterred by the RTA’s action. The Superintendent says she and her team “have actively engaged with many students, teachers and staff,” and says that as the Superintendent, she is always open to continuous improvement and welcomes constructive feedback. .
Myers-Small says the work the district has started “will continue with a focus on the health and safety of our students and staff.”