Interview with Dolores Torres
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

Why did the governing board, or why did the community decide that those 19 teachers had to be transferred in May?

DOLORES TORRES:

Well, these were people that had been there. These were none of the new people.

INTERVIEWER:

Again, and make sure you say the nineteen

DOLORES TORRES:

These, ah, nineteen teachers had been there. These weren't none of the new people that the governing board had hired. Ah. We went over records of people that had been taught by them. Also, previously we had looked in our classrooms where the teachers we--are teaching. Ah. And we felt that they really, they were there. But what they were doing was b--was babysitting. We didn't feel that they really had our children's best interest in mind. Some of them we found had the union's interest, they cared more what the union thought or what the union told them to do than what we were asking them to do and what we were telling them, them to do. We were the local school board. We had hired professionals that agreed, like we agreed, that our children had to be taught. And a lot of these people did not feel that. They felt that the union said, "Well, you don't have to do this and you don't have to do that." We were asking teachers to make an extra effort to get along with our kids, to teach our kids. If there was any problem to possibly visit in the home. Well, the union didn't, this wasn't in their contract. They didn't have to do any of these things**. And we felt that these people were not, ah, doing as we asked. They weren't—they wouldn't even compromise. We had bells ringing at three o'clock for dismissal and teachers were out of there before the kids were. So we felt that they weren't making any effort to try to change their way of thinking and teaching. And we felt that we couldn't put up with it anymore.