Strongsville Parents Launch Online Petition Against Teachers' Strike
Site urges teachers to settle contract and return to work
An unidentified parent has launched an online petition that urges striking Strongsville teachers to return to the classroom as they continue to negotiate a new contract.
"Concerned parents feel that they have no voice because of the threat of retaliation," the petition says. "The teachers have already demonstrated verbally abusive behavior in public settings, and fears of grading and guidance ramifications for the students of those who speak out -- misplaced or not -- exists in many parents' minds."
The petition offers an anonymous way "to politely ask the Strongsville Education Association to return to work NOW! Let's ask them to settle their contract with a sense of responsibility toward their community!"
The petition can be accessed here.
Dave Potter, a parent of three children in the Strongsville schools, did not start the drive, but has helped spread the word since learning about it.
"I think it's a good, neutral piece," Potter said.
He said he believes some parents aren't speaking against the strike because they fear their children will face retaliation, but said teachers are sending a message to kids that it's okay to leave your post.
"No child left behind?" he said. "They've left every child behind."
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