Head of MEA Says More Meetings Needed Between Teachers & Administrators

Head of MEA Says More Meetings Needed Between Teachers & Administrators

The head of the Memphis Education Association said a closed door meeting between teachers and school superintendent Dorsey Hopson at least cleared the air.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The head of the Memphis Education Association said a closed door meeting between teachers and school superintendent Dorsey Hopson at least cleared the air.

Keith Williams said there were plenty of angry teachers at last nights gathering, and many didn't like what Hopson had to say.

But, he thinks it is a start in trying to fix communication problems between the administration and those who do the teaching.

Teachers are frustrated.

New plans, new payroll procedures, new policies, and a new school system. Not to mention too many surprises.

The merger is not quite a month old. It's been at times like reinventing the wheel.

The anger and frustration of teachers has been pretty well talked about this year and it certainly was at a closed door meeting with the superintendent.

“I think the meeting was productive. I've heard from some other people that they think differently,” Williams said. “We saw all this coming last year when we tried to stop this TPC. It was steamrolling. It's coming to fruition now,”

The TPC Keith Williams is talking about is the transition planning commission.

They recommended a list of changes for the new system as long as Marc Gasol's arm.

A lot of those changes didn't go over well with teachers when first announced. And don't go over with them very well now.

It boils down to communications, Williams said. And that's why he says this first meeting with teachers and superintendent Hopson is a good start.

“If we had known we were not getting our step increase, if we had known you were not going to abide by the service schedule, if we had known insurance was going to be exorbitant then we could have planned for that. If we had known we were going to have more checks and smaller checks we could have planned for that,” Williams said.

Meetings behind closed doors aren't unusual in when it comes to teachers and administrators in Memphis.

Williams said it is critically important to have these meetings at least once a month.

Especially now.
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