One of the options for the school board was to fire the entire staff, and that option was ultimately taken when contract negotiations broke down between the school board and the teachers' union.
The teachers there have a much more difficult job than do teachers in a district like Pleasanton. Many of the Cedar Falls students live in poverty, for many English is a second language.
Neither parents nor teachers disagree about these difficulties and they agree there is a need to revamp an educational system that isn't working.
But in the end, that agreement didn't matter.
In the end, it all came down to money.