Walker and Corr repeatedly expressed their appreciation and respect for the work that teachers and other school employees do, with Walker saying the school board would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with them. The union had called many of the final sticking points in negotiations “issues of respect for teachers.”
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Walker’s theme was that the district faces several “mighty” challenges, including changing the community’s mindset about Dayton Public Schools, but that “we are up to the task.”
Corr urged employees to “believe in the Dayton Public Schools,” running through a series of ongoing changes including individual computer access for students, expanded career tech classes at DPS high schools, expanded music programs and more.
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Multiple teachers who attended Corr’s convocation speech said they didn’t want to comment until they had actually seen the terms of the tentative contract agreement.