These are excerpts from a letter a Maine School Superintendent gave to his returning teachers this fall. Unions need to partner with him and be the voice of education. One man, one woman, one teacher, one principal, one superintendent can’t go it alone.
“The legislators passed new laws on bullying this spring but they failed to include the Blaine House, ( the governor of Maine resides) Remediation is on the governor’s mind and I agree, he needs remediation in civility, public speaking, telling the truth, diplomacy and following the law. I think we should challenge him to take the SAT and then make the results public.”
“Our educators work harder now than they ever had before, and their reward for it is additional unfunded mandates and then political bashing based on whatever statistics they choose to use and the cliché of the day.”
“Public school bashing has become the favorite political sport since a statistically flawed document called ‘A Nation at Risk’ was released in 1983. The main goal of this 29-year attack is not to improve public education but to demean it enough so public dollars pay for private and religious schools.”
“We don’t have to put up with this,” he said about his message to staff. “We have a voice. We need to use it. We need to stand up as one.”
It’s why we need unions.