Madera Unified School District trustees sat stoically but attentively as hundreds of teachers filled the multipurpose room at King Middle School to vociferously express their displeasure with the school board. Emboldened by their numbers, the local educators chanted and waved signs, while others took to the podium to angrily berate the board.
Joining the Madera teachers in their protest was Eric Heins, vice president of the California Teachers Association. Heins told the board that CTA is watching Madera, and 325,000 members statewide are “standing behind the Madera teachers so they can get the respect they deserve.”
The marathon meeting began at 5:30 Tuesday evening and ran until 11 o’clock.
The teachers began to file into the auditorium at 4 o’clock. When Board President Ricardo Arredondo gaveled the meeting to order, there was standing room only...