This leave has been in existence for as long as I can remember. This is not anything new.

The process is oftentimes too mysterious, and the public has a right to know. We're hoping that there will be a greater understanding of the process.

If you have to endure a year of 40 students and all the associated headaches and work, instead of the district profiting from your labor, you should be compensated for that overload. The bottom line is to improve the quality of education of every student by reducing class size.

Our contract says personnel records are private.

There is a gap between what the district has offered and what we think is reasonable and fair. They just want to get this over and done with. They're not seeing it from our point of view.