LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In the continuing story over budget cutbacks in the PCSSD, we have heard from State Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell, and superintendent Dr. Jerry Guess. However, we have not heard from the unions. They have seen their contract pulled by order of the commissioner. Marti Nix, accepted an invitation to tell her side on "Today's THV at 6:00".
She first of all maintains the commissioner overstepped his authority, and didn't have any legal backing in doing away with the contract. She thinks his decision will therefore be overturned by the courts. She also feels the county schools are in better shape than administrators lead us to believe.
She told us the move by Dr. Kimbrell came as a surprise. It was her notion that talks were proceeding systematically, as laid down by the contract, and the decision of last friday, the 20th, came as somewhat of a shock.
Despite her disappointment, she says the teachers will not strike. They will finish the school year peacefully, and there are no plans for the fall. There is however, a teacher rally scheduled for May 5th on the steps of the State Capitol. It's obvious, union teachers have not given up.