Thursday, February 7, 2013
Superintendent's statement on teacher contract arbitration decision

Superintendent Dwight D. Jones issued the following statement on Feb. 7, 2013 regarding the teacher contract arbitration decision:

"The District is relieved today that the arbitrator chose our contract proposal because it will help us balance our budget, which has been cut by $550 million over the past six years. This decision supports the District's priority to put more teachers back into classrooms.

"Over the past few years, our teachers have shown that they can do more with less, raising standardized test scores in almost every grade and every subject level. I am proud of the perseverance they have shown in difficult economic times, and I know they do it because they love our students and want them to succeed.

"At some point, though, less just becomes less. Our state has some difficult funding decisions ahead to support our efforts to increase student achievement in the Clark County School District. We cannot simply continue to cut and ask employees to do more with less.

"We will continue to work with our employee groups through this legislative session to highlight the need for a more balanced and equitable approach to funding public education."