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Bedford Inquirer (Newspaper) - May 7, 1971, Bedford, Pennsylvania Utu atm established 44 Bedford May 1971 teachers close schools strike affects students pickets out nearly All of the students in the Bedford area school District were returned Home by mid morning As 140 teacher pickets closed All but one elementary Only Cumberland Valley elementary school was by four regular teachers and two regular but it was closed Thomas parochial school was and both were expected to be in session picketing was younger students hurried into their with Only a glance at signs about better at Bedford High some milled about in and a number shouted out the things like Power to the teachers the school Board said its intention was to graduate the some of whom have been admitted to june sessions of As far As opening schools with emergency substitute the Board said Only its being a number of parents protested the possibility of school in which would be necessary to make up Days lost in the there was no movement to resume talks which broke off apparently with a number of unresolved both sides said they were ready to but neither indicated a change in its Bedford area education association Baba president David Obrien said approximately 140 of 148 teachers stayed with Over half of them Manning Nicket lines p teachers would not return to classes until they had at least a tentative he reiterated the associations willingness to resume and said he had mailed a letter monday to Board president Charles sides requesting a resumption teachers said the a Kout was Over policy rather than salary or fringe a Sta tonal from the Baba said that teachers f increase r maintain economic position but economic issues did not take the assistant director of the Bureau of mediation of the department of labor and Richard l Phelps basically the Bedford strike is Over non economic this is different from the Tussey he the major Issue at bed Ford is you have a very sincere group of Phelps said when 56 quoted he the school Board is Phelps characterized the school Board As very conservative he said both sides were determined and very ably the school Board was at tempting to present a detailed statement of the Issue Sand their a spokesman said a majority of the unresolved issues Are economic in that they mean Cost to the District the package already and would mean substantial Cost a spokesman the Board also planned to make available copies of the original 31page teacher they will be available at Gazette of of Juliana wed in the interest of Baba statement singled out teaching conditions As the reason behind the included were ien8th of working non teaching class size and supervisor Robert Davis mentioned the same dispute Over the number of Days in the school Board wants morale of a teacher for the rest of the Day in his classroom is had agree to two Days but tar changed that Ilion one teacher said d negotiator Donald Keefer had at one time presented a but then was voted Down by the of a complaint voiced was reiterated by Feachen monday As a teachers feel at a cart one Board member show git in with Keefer on the talk among items at an in teachers induced their request for certain limitations on class size the number of classes and the Board has Al the Baba said the Baba held offered to submit this area of conflict to and discuss sessions Al Dause in duties wag included in the teachers said but the Board rejected the Oroo Osal f said in their statement that As schools Haye been consolidated non teaching duties have become major responsible tasks More a More teachers cited policing of students Over the lunch period where one teacher must order Over groups of students ranging in size from m to we Over is next to impossible to form Tesk statement said its 4 Nej n the length of the working Day is also an Davis said the teachers want 7 hours the Board has proposed we cant help it that our transportation lines Are fairly Davis it feelings vary in discussion walkouts picket Sheet offers clues to the issues my toys Are available takes a half hour for us to get right now and my vacation our buses to outlying elementary schools before they come to the High from my Point of a reduction in the school Day is an economic Davis its economic As far As the Board is concerned if they have to employ somebody to look after the students when the teachers dont want teachers maintain they want a Shorter working not instruction they said teachers at present Are required to be in school from 15 to 45 minutes before classes begin and Are asked to remain after school for from 5 to 20 the Baba statement said our proposal was to reduce this requirement and have the duty of overseeing students who arrive Early and leave late performed by the expanded administrative staff head teachers who were added to the administrative staff during the latter part of the rigid stand by the Board has left Only fringe benefits and hours open to teachers All other regardless of the Are not items to be this is the reason for the the statement one school Cumberland Valley will hold classes Davis four teachers and two substitutes reported but it was decided to closed that school along with the teachers had four pickets at the school monday and promised to have considerable More there possibly ten or Davis said the school will be kept open on a Day to Day at other schools Hyndman High school and Hyndman elementary had no teachers North and South elementary had one Manns Snake Spring and Colerain had Only the head teacher and Bedford High had five four special education instructors also but they Are employed through the county superintendents office and Are not members of the r mls Chiet three Everett re 2 youths have been arrested on 19 charges of malicious mischief in connection with a vandalism spree that stretched from monday night into Early tuesday has been scheduled for if school is still in when vacation time ill take them with the reply was one of 57 received monday morning in 65 actual air minutes of a 90 minute open line show on radio station Bedford to Sample Public opinion concerning the strike by Bedford District most of the callers were from the school but a number of Calls came from outlying including Clearville and new callers included a half dozen teachers or former elementary students favored teachers returning to their classrooms so they themselves could go High school students generally were in Accord with the strike and mentioned working conditions As a prime reason for the one i lost All my respect for them when i saw the picket teachers and former for most attempted to answer charges that teachers were not dedicated and had soft it was noted night 1 preparation and correction of papers is very much a part of teaching As is serving As collecting Agency for various three of the callers saw the strike As possibly linked to a communist plan to gain control of students through the right of teachers to select their own textbooks was mentioned by Many As an Issue inthe one caller i think teachers Are dedicated to making More when i was in school they were dedicated to teaching discussing the possibility of makeup Days in the Summers said students haunt called the strike and be required to at tend after the regularly scheduled term several persons expressed concern that the strike would cause the Public and students themselves to lose respect for but one individual at today they should have More students interviewed in person at the High school monday morning also had mixed Many expressed concern for crowded and most said they Felt teachers were even after the strike had it was still impossible to pin Down exactly what caused the school Board was preparing a statement in although its spokesmen said they were unable to determine exactly what the strikers were most concerned teachers who brought a prepared statement to the Gazette referred to the statement perhaps the most eloquent piece of information yet revealed was a Sheet handed to teachers who crossed picket lines monday which listed things to re think of perhaps do not have an intolerable situation in your but do you have to Purchase a key in order to have convenient Access to an ill kept student washroom would you like to try to teach composition 36 students in 40 minutes would you enjoy trying to teach 17 students with Only 13 books would you like to by for almost an a cafeteria filled with several Hundred pea throwing or take morning attendance in a study Hall with Over 500 students the Sheet also the through its and has continually shown its Lack of regard for and administrators have engaged in constant harassment of faculty remember the december they failed to pay us on the 15th it made Christmas shopping less than the school it and its negotiator have failed to exhibit a reasonable willingness to negotiate with with the present trend toward eliminating the Sheet an effective bargaining unit will be your Only Job one Issue which has been made prominent by teachers is their right to select text the charge is an swered by superintendent Robert who says teachers have had the i have two supervisors who never select a textbook without teacher Davis negotiator Donald Keefer pointed out the Only reason the item want agreed to in bargaining was the possibility of a grievance proceeding Over the matter if a Book had to be chosen in an Normal Davis is for the teachers to choose the books they use

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