Rohnert Park Cotati educators go on strike tomorrow

The more than 300 members of Rohnert Park Cotati Educators Association (RPCEA) will be on strike tomorrow morning, in the absence of a last-minute deal that invests in recruiting and retaining the quality teachers their students deserve.

Months of negotiations did not convince Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) principal and school board to invest in their students and the educators who support and educate them, nor did a report by a state-appointed investigator on March 3 that sided with the RPCEA. The independent investigator has recommended a three-year contract with a salary increase of around 14.6% on schedule.

Despite the recommendation of the neutral party, the CRPUSD continues to offer off-curricular “bonuses”, depriving educators at the expense of Cotati-Rohnert Park students and families.

“Our elected school trustees and the superintendent have created a crisis in our schools with unacceptable salaries that prevent us from recruiting and retaining the best educators for our students,” RPCEA President Denise Tranfaglia said Monday.

Educators at Cotati-Rohnert Park are paid about 20% less than the state average.

The Cotati-Rohnert Park community rallies around its educators, with parents and students joining RPCEA rallies for the schools they deserve.

“What they are asking is not unreasonable,” said mother Renee Olsen told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “They deserve fair and decent pay.”

Keep up to date with the situation by following the RPCEA on Facebook and instagram. Updates and information, including the investigation report, are also available on the RPCEA website. Link tree. A GoFundMe has also been set up to help support the striking educators of Rohnert Park Cotati.

Click here to donate to a GoFundMe set up to help striking educators at Rohnert Park Cotati.

Andrew B. Reiter