95% of Syracuse Teachers Association votes 'no confidence' in Superintendent Sharon Contreras

SCSD Superintendent Sharon Contreras

The Syracuse Teachers Association (STA) announced Wednesday evening that 95% of its members voted "no confidence" in Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras.

A large crowd of people turned out at the regularly scheduled school board meeting to hear the results of the union's vote. The meeting had to be moved to Dr. King Elementary School because of the expected crowds.

Teachers have cited a variety of issues for the vote

, ranging from safety and disciplinary concerns to the handling of teacher evaluations. Teachers and parents have said before that they do not feel like their concerns are being addressed by administrators.

Read a copy
of the full statement made by Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the vote is understandable, given the frustrations she's heard. She also says she's spoken to Contreras and the STA president about ways to bring everyone back to common ground.

Below is the full statement from Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about the "no confidence" vote:

â??The vote by the Syracuse Teachers Association (STA) is understandable given the frustrations I have heard building among both teachers and administrators. The pressures, expectations and complications imposed on our educators today are unprecedented. Teachers are sorting through the twin challenges of implementing a new evaluation process while meeting the expectations of the Common Core. Educators and administrators alike continue to report a rise in behavior problems that make it difficult for teachers to teach and students to learn.

â??On top of these challenges, Superintendent Sharon Contreras faces the immense task of dealing with the aftermath of an investigation by the Attorney General into past disciplinary practices in the district.

â??I have spoken with Superintendent Contreras and STA President Kevin Ahern. They have agreed to meet with me to begin conversations that I hope will lead everyone back to common ground. To a person, everyone Iâ??ve spoken with voices a strong desire to create an environment where all students are treated fairly and all teachers are treated respectfully. The goal for all of us now â?? elected representatives, administrators, principals, teachers, parents, and community leaders â?? is to channel our energies to create that environment in every school across the district.â??

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