New teacher contract is a relief

It’s a relief that the Wichita school district and the local teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement. Here’s hoping they also move quickly beyond any hard feelings related to the contract negotiations and refocus on working together to help kids. The teachers were understandably frustrated in having gone four years without a raise. And the district was understandably concerned about the state’s budget outlook, given forecasts of large deficits resulting from Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts. Though the new contract doesn’t give teachers the raises they wanted or deserve, it is a step forward in an uncertain time. It’s also good that the new contract includes some specific dress codes for teachers. Though the overwhelming majority of teachers wear appropriate attire, the few who don’t can harm the image of the profession and the district.