Let’s just talk for a second about “NO IEP or 504 mtgs” being literally squeezed into this poster.
Placing IEP and 504 meetings amongst a list of things that are completely optional under the law (tutoring, letters of recommendation, school plays, coaches, concerts, parent emails, online grades) gives the impression that IEPs and 504 plans are somehow not a legally mandated part of any grammar and secondary school teacher’s job in the US. That they are an extra responsibility that teachers take on out of the same interest in a child’s education that motivates teachers to tutor, direct school plays, and email parents.
When, no, that is not the case. Despite IEPs and 504 plans being federal law, many teachers take them less seriously than legally optional duties like coaching or tutoring. Or even required duties like assigning and grading homework.
Story time: I had a teacher who didn’t attend my 504 plan, because she wasn’t “employed by the district at that hour.” Yet she was able to supervise student associations and assign our class several hours of homework a night.
Do teachers deserve better pay? Absolutely. Should they protest and organize for better pay? Of course.
But don’t act like IEP and 504 meetings are on some even keel with coaching sports or tutoring or providing letters of recommendation. As if IEPs and 504 plans were some mutually agreed upon good that are enacted flawlessly by teachers. Because they are not.