St. Louis Teachers' Union to Protest at City Hall
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – The union representing St. Louis teachers will rally outside City Hall today (Wednesday) to try to persuade Mayor Francis Slay to take a more active role in helping the embattled school district.
School officials last month offered four options for filling an expected $23 million budget gap next fiscal year.
The St. Louis teachers union opposes each of those options, which include staff attrition and layoffs.
President Mary Armstrong says her union is calling on Mayor Francis Slay for help.
"We think our mayor is missing in action and we'd like to see him come to the forefront," Armstrong said Tuesday night.
"When you start talking about the Cardinals and the Rams, if he can come to their aid; these are children and students and these are employees and some of us are voting citizens."
The school board is set to vote on the budget recommendations April 27.