Teachers in the Louisville City School District went on strike November 2.
Parents of students in that district gathered together Sunday at what they called a non-meeting, because no administrators were present. The parents organized the meeting within 24 hours after the Stark County Educational Service Center Board (ESC) was supposed to hold a meeting, rescheduled and then canceled.
“The community hasn’t left. They’re still wanting to see them get back together, but the board is just not coming to the table,” said one of the 200 people present, Scott Shearer.
He and his wife Jennifer have two high schoolers in the Louisville City School District. The district's 2,900 students are still going to school, now being taught by subs from an outside company.
“They’re going to class and they’re having study halls. They’re watching Netflix. They’re on the internet. They’re not really being taught in most of their classes,” Scott Shearer told us.
The teacher’s union says the dispute isn’t over money, but language in the contract pertaining to evaluations and a "reduction in force.”
You can see validation for educators all over town, with pro-teacher signs and yard decorations. The community perceives that the Board of Education and ESC are not willing to communicate with the union or negotiate further.
“Any negotiation takes two sides. You have to negotiate. You have to compromise and talk and that is not happening here,” said Jennifer Shearer.
At Sunday’s meeting, parents talked about what they can do next. There's not a clear plan of action, but they'll continue to implore administrators to talk to the teacher’s union and reach an agreement to get them back into their kids' classrooms.