Open letter to the Natomas Community
Dear Parents and Community members,
The Natomas Teachers’ Association (NTA) would like to thank you for your continued support. We sincerely appreciate the trust you have placed in us to educate the youth of Natomas. We are reaching out to you now because you deserve to know that the District is not being accurate about what the teachers are advocating for during our negotiations.
Teachers are leaving our District at an unprecedented rate due to its failure to provide adequate resources to serve students’ needs, its inability to compete for teachers, and its inability to hire enough teacher replacements. The District’s failure has resulted in students being taught by long-term substitute teachers for the whole school year. Research shows that experienced credentialed teachers, who know the community, help increase learning and student achievement. Through our Time To Teach campaign, we are working to retain our quality educators and create conditions that allow us to become a destination district for teachers and students.
Additionally, the District is promoting an inclusion model for our special education programs. While an inclusion program can be effective, it is an expensive endeavor and requires additional resources, collaboration and planning than the previous pull-out model. Our teachers are fighting to get the support and resources that would allow us to serve the full array of our students’ needs. This impacts EVERY student in our District.
For the educators of NTA, students are the center of everything we do. We are committed to the success and well-being of every student. Teachers know what students need. Teachers’ professional input should be valued and incorporated when making decisions This is essential to recruitment and retention of caring, highly qualified educators that Natomas students deserve.
We need your help to reach these goals for our students. Please take our survey, speak at a board meeting, email the school board members to show your support.
Again, thank you for your support. Together we can meet the needs of the students in Natomas.
The Natomas Teachers’ Association