Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home


They Want Automaton Teachers to Produce Robotic Students


Ohanian Comment: Here's further evidence that Standardistos don't want children to be educated for a democracy, don't want students to learn they have a voice and should use it. The national teachers unions should be on this one big time.
PASADENA -- A Pasadena fifth-grade teacher might be fired after school district officials learned that she asked her students to write letters to a key Texas legislator and voice their concerns about education issues.

The Pasadena school board proposed Vicki Williams' termination earlier this year, citing failure to meet the district's standard of professional conduct.

Williams is a teacher at Mae Smythe Elementary School. Her students' letters were addressed and delivered to Rep. Kent Grusendorf, R-Arlington, during the regular legislative session, which ended in June.

Kevin Lungwitz, an attorney for the Texas State Teachers Association, said he wanted to negotiate with the Pasadena Independent School District.

"We are working feverishly to resolve our differences and believe we can do so," Lungwitz said Wednesday in The Pasadena Citizen. "That's where we're putting our energy now."

As a member of the teachers association and president of the Pasadena Educators Association, Williams participated in a lobbying trip to Austin during her spring break in March.

She dropped the letters off at the office of Rep. Joe Moreno, D-Jacinto City, who later delivered them to Grusendorf, the head of the House Public Education Committee.

Many of the letters asked for more education money or told leaders to keep class sizes small.

Grusendorf took offense at some of the remarks, said Sherrie Matula, a member of the Pasadena educators executive committee. She would not specify the statements he found troubling.

Grusendorf sent the letters to the State Board for Educator Certification, and the board sent them to the school district, Matula said.

Grusendorf would not disclose any information before Pasadena school authorities made a decision on Williams' employment.

Matula said Williams might have overstepped her boundaries but that she thought her colleague's actions warranted only a reprimand or, at most, a suspension.

"Her intent was never to have come across in this manner. She was only honestly answering questions that students had asked," Matula said.

— Associated Press
Austin American-Statesman
Pasadena teacher may lose job over kids' letters

2003-08-21

http://www.statesman.com/metrostate/content/auto/epaper/editions/thursday/metro_state_f344e621a29000a00006.html#

TX


MORE OUTRAGES


FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.