Lately there is so much controversy about education in the news that it takes time and effort to follow it all. Being the activist that I am, being retired and having time to do reading and research, I have begun to share information and knowledge with my government representatives, federal, state and local.
This has two purposes; firstly, to save them the time and effort to dig out needed information themselves. Secondly, to let them know my opinion as a constituent. In my opinion, this is very important because too many so-called representatives fall into the belief that they are governors and not representatives once they get elected.
This phenomenon is too widespread for my liking. For example, I recently sent information about a failed improvement program in Los Angeles schools about utilizing iPads as learning tools to the Cherokee County Board of Education. I wanted to be sure they didn’t make the same mistake that LA made using my taxpayer funds. That’s the background; here is what I got from the BOE.
I respectfully ask you to refrain from sending these types of emails to my [BOE email] account as they do not relate to the Cherokee County School District.
Thanks so much in advance for your kind compliance to this matter.
School Board Member
At first I could not believe my eyes. I was so outraged that I shot off a terse reply telling this person to quit if they didn’t want my input as a constituent. I totally reject Ms. Jordan’s comments. I am told that this is simply a reflection of the administration and the arrogant and coercive atmosphere in which the administrative employees suffer to work.
After talking to some neighbors, I realized that they felt the same way about the BOE and the school district administration and that a more widespread response was required. One friend suggested that what was needed was an ethics complaint to be filed.
I cannot disagree with my friend as this reply email, from the BOE, besides being undemocratic, surely violates all the rules of principled politics in a constitutional republic. It was also suggested by another friend that this violates BOE policy and state law.
We shall see.