June 7, 2019
I am grateful that the New Haven Unified School District and New Haven Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement and that students will be back in classrooms for the final days of the school year.
We know this has been one of the most difficult challenges faced by this tight-knit community. New Haven’s dedicated teachers and the district come away from this experience with the shared recognition that more needs to be done to ensure California districts receive additional funding to provide the highest quality education to every student.
I want to acknowledge our staff at the Alameda County Office of Education who provided on-site support through the long days, nights and weekends of negotiations in order to ensure a mutually supportive meeting space for both parties. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond entered at a critical point to provide facilitation and assist in forward progress, while the daily support and presence of Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and his staff were vital in helping to achieve a final resolution.
Across the state, supporters of public education are banding together to advocate for increased funding for our students. It is when teachers, students, leadership, families and our communities join together for this common cause that we are most powerful.
As teachers and students return to close the school year, we know that the relationships within this community will be essential to the healing that now needs to take place.