Wednesday will be a big day for the mediation community in Howard County. For it marks the first day of mediation between the HCEA and the HCPSS as the efforts to end the labor impasse between the two parties before the new school year starts begin in earnest. You can read about it in this article.
The article outlines the process; that there may be a couple mediation sessions in an effort to reach an agreement, and if there isn't an agreement, then arbitration would result. And from the article, it would seem that if the entire process were to play out through arbitration, that the entire process would end scarily close to the start of the classes on August 25, if not after it.
I hope that both sides see fit to put the needs of Howard's students first and come to agreement on the very serious issues facing them well before the school year starts. In the spirit of the mediation, I'm not going to opine as to what a mediated settlement might or should look like. I have spoken enough on this matter in these pages and readers should know that I find responsibility on both sides for this impasse.
A week or so ago in this community we heard the CA Board start to strike a tone in which more and better were demanded in community conversations. Let's hope the parties in this impasse follow suit.
July 16 is National Fresh Spinach Day! Watch out for the E.coli.
And let's be careful out there.
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