|By Rhiannon Meyers, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"This was prompted when they refused to even compromise on the contract issue, when they went from the strongest contract in
Backed by three teacher's unions, educators last week called on the
Teachers argue that such contracts offer better job protection from angry parents, retaliatory administrators or test scores that threaten their job security. The district, when it stopped offering the contracts, said it did so because CCISD faced bigger legal hurdles when trying to fire or lay off a continuing contract teacher.
Four trustees -- Board President
McMurrey characterized the move as the latest in a long list of "anti-employee" decisions, including switching from a fully funded health insurance plan to a self-funded health insurance plan years ago.
"This finally was the straw that broke the camel's back," McMurrey said.
Longoria disagreed with McMurrey's assessment. Longoria said that while McMurrey tries to tear CCISD down, he is trying to support and strengthen the district, noting that trustees consistently have given teacher raises and did not lay off teachers when the state chopped
"Those are the facts, and Ray has rhetoric and there's a day-and-night difference," Longoria said. "Ray can blow on his bullhorn all day long, but he does not have the facts to back it up."
McMurrey said teachers will gather at
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