AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
March 5, 2010
Dear President Obama:
Perhaps above all other presidents, I would have expected you to
understand that the teachers and support staff of
Firing the staff of
Does your support of the firing of all the staff spring from your
knowledge of the turn over of the student body of that school?
I trust you know the school has a very high student turnover.
As in most poverty stricken communities, students come and go owing to
their parents unstable housing arrangements.
Are the teachers accountable for that too?
By what evidence do you support holding them accountable for the debilitating effects of poverty on the student body of that school? You and Commissioner Duncan are so consumed with the notion that education policy should be data driven that I am frankly amazed that you appear to be so ill-informed of the impact of poor nutrition,
medical care, an intellectually stimulating childhood environment and so many of
the other factors that disadvantage and blunt the academic performance of
children living in poverty. Is your
administration going to hold teachers accountable for the failure of every
president and congress since Lyndon Johnson to finish the war on poverty?
It appears obvious to me, that Superintendent Gallo’s firing of the
staff was a heavy-handed, foolish gambit in the negotiations between the
President Obama, at the moment all of the political energy in our nation
appears to lie with the reactionary right. Any
fair interpretation of the recent elections in Massachusetts
and New Jersey
includes broad dissatisfaction with the performance of your administration.
You need to know that in publicly supporting the completely outrageous
mass firing of the teacher and support staff of
Morton Rosenfeld, President
Plainview-Old Bethpage Congress of Teachers
If you are as outraged as I by President Obama's attack on the teachers of Central Falls, Rhode Island, why not send your own email to him by clicking on this link Feel free to take as much of my column as you wish to incorporate in your email.
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