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LETTERS: Pushing for educational effectiveness
LETTERS U-T SAN DIEGO | "Pushing for educational effectiveness"
I'm writing in support of two
recent editorials, "Teachers union still in deep denial" (Feb. 18) and
"Push for big school bond hard to fathom" (Feb. 21).
I hesitate to blame the
teachers, for whom I have the deepest respect, but I'm deeply dismayed
at the recent actions of their union leaders in the San Diego Education
Association in what's become a political circus.
We, as taxpayers, cannot
continue down a fiscally unstable road with the San Diego Unified School
District, which seems either afraid to stand its ground or worse,
complicit in allowing the unions to railroad it in budget negotiations.
A recent commentary from
parent Shelli Kurth of UPforEd, titled "Education leaders must focus on
kids' futures" (Opinion, Feb. 19), noted the dysfunctional relationship
between the various negotiating parties which led to this devolved
conversation and the ongoing negative effects this standoff has on
While I can appreciate the
precarious nature of the rocky relationships, as a taxpayer I will not
excuse the childish antics of adults as reason enough to support another
publicly-funded bond when adjustments to the current collective
bargaining contracts could save the district $80 million.
It's time the adults start
setting an example and get to work at finding a long-term, sustainable
solution to the school budget that inflicts the least damage on
classrooms. The real fights worth having lie in closing the achievement
gap and helping set up our young people for successful lives. - Susan Hopps-Tatum, College Area