The Easton Area Education Association has posed a challenge to the Easton Area School District.
The teachers union announced plans today to rally at 6pm on April 13 against the proposed two-year teacher salary freeze. The rally will be held in front of the Easton Area School District offices at 1801 Bushkill Drive, Forks Township. Union president Kevin Deely posted a YouTube video today announcing the rally.
The district has a $12.9 million gap in its 2011-2012 budget. District officials have said some 160 teachers could be laid off without the pay freeze.
"It's unfair to expect the teachers to carry the burden of this alone," said Deely in the video. "But we're willing to take the lion's share and more even though it's not our responsibility."
The rally has been scheduled on the same day that the school board will hold an all-day budget workshop followed by a special meeting at 6:30pm to adopt the proposed budget.
The rally will be moved to Easton Area High School should the special meeting location be changed from the district offices to the high school, according to a flier posted on the union's website.