Leany: Union
 contract has 
‘got to go’

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Ignorance is bliss!  Leany would have people believe that counselors, PE, English, Music, Band , and other discipline area teachers are bottom tier professionals and are not as valuable as a Math, Physics, or Science teacher.

Tell that to kids over the ages that had it not been for one of those “bottom tier” teachers they would not be where they are today.

As Hillary Clinton stated, “it takes a village to help our kids become well rounded educated citizens.”

In spite of some village idiots, professional educators do a damn good job!

Leany serves on the board for one reason and one reason only: he ran unopposed.  I don’t think that’s likely to happen again. Look at what we get when it does happen.

You were voted in to represent the peoples’ wishes on the school board.  Lusting after a change for the sake of change is impudent.  Mesa County board members that make lackadaisical statements like the teachers’ union has “got to go” shows a level of disrespect to our professional teachers, especially since the contract was negotiated in good faith by the teachers.  But it says more about how you envision a predominantly female occupation, such as servers at in restaurants, nurses and secretaries. 

Charter schools take taxpayer money, are not accountable to taxpayer oversight and can pick and choose the students that enter their doors.  “Private” charter schools are worse.  The definition of “public” in the guarantee of “public education” is a fallacy at best under a charter system.

You mess with the stability of District 51 teachers’ jobs; you invalidate a contract negotiated in good faith; you will cause good teachers to look elsewhere for a more stable and lucrative position; the consequences will increase costs for this school district and all the taxpayers in it.  An unacceptable increase in costs. 

Attributed to Gaius Petronius Arbiter a Roman Satirist:
“We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized.  I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.”

Change is necessary to stay contemporary.  But its path must be considered carefully when it comes to children.  They are ALL our future community and belong to all of us.

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