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Continued: Rally supports St. Paul teachers, pressures school board

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Ellis was among several parents who led off the school’s public comment period speaking in support of the union’s positions. The meeting room was packed, and another 80-plus people filled an overflow room.

But as the hourlong comment period went on, board members heard from an increasing number of people hoping the two sides could come together, with one being Jeff Martin, president of the NAACP’s St. Paul chapter, who said that students can’t learn if they’re not at their desks.

“Keep all options on the table,” he said. “Don’t strike.”

Also Tuesday, the union announced that the strike authorization vote, if it’s held, will take place Monday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, with registration beginning at 5 p.m. The event will be open only to union members. Results are to be announced Tuesday.


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