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Missouri Governor Mike Parson (left) and CPS Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood discuss legislative issues at the Columbia's Farmers Market on August 25, 2022 (file photo courtesy of the governor's Flickr page)

Columbia teachers union calling on CPS to provide better safety protection for staff

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (left) and CPS Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood discuss legislative issues at the Columbia’s Farmers Market on August 25, 2022 (file photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page)

Members of a Columbia teachers union say fighting between students is a safety issue and that students are running some of the schools.

Our news partner KMIZ reports members of the Columbia National Education Association (NEA) protested about school safety during Monday night’s school board meeting. ABC-17 News quotes Columbia NEA president Noelle Gilzow as saying a recent survey shows that in the past two years, 70 percent of her union members report being verbally assaulted, while 31 report being hit or kicked. 11 percent say the had been scratched or bitten in the past two years.

Another teacher says it’s not a safe environment for teachers or students. Columbia Public Schools (CPS) Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood tells KMIZ that the district will ensure that the voices of teachers who spoke last night are heard.

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