By Dianna Huculak, President of the Davis Teachers Association
At the end of the school year, educators in our district received an email from Director of secondary education Troy Allen, which among other things, told us that our students would not be able to have new textbooks next year because of increased compensation for teachers. Based on this email, many teachers expressed to me that they felt guilty that their salary increase hurt their students. To me, and others who have worked in Davis for a period of time, this rhetoric from district office is all too familiar- a district message frame-repeated to the community that unfortunately pits nurses, counselors, teachers, psychologist, and all support staff against the children that we protect, nurture and serve. It creates a false dichotomy which says anything that goes to the support the livelihood of the people in our school community, must take something away from children. It disrespects and minimizes the role of our school communities to create healthy spaces for children to grow and to learn. Moreover, it’s not enough that teachers had to picket, write letters, show up at multiple school board meetings, for what basically amounted to a cost of living adjustment- we are also supposed to feel guilty about it. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that apparently, this logic only applies to teachers.