Arrived home from school yesterday and like many days, it was later than I had planned or hoped. A pile of laundry awaited, as did fixing supper. Besides hoping to get in some quality time with family, I wondered if I'd have the energy to dive into the large stack of neglected papers needing graded late that night.
No wonder when I grabbed the mail I sorted out the essential and threw a credit card offer and this flyer right in the trash.
But lately I have made the choice to actively stand for education. I dug this flyer back out. After I read it, I wrote Mr. Leonard something to this effect:
Dear Mr. Leonard,
I received your flyer in the mail today. Your flyer said you are...
WORKING FOR TAXPAYERS...I'm projected to get a $50 refund next year. Great. If your projection holds true, it will help compensate for disallowing me my tax credit for classroom expenses you took away in 2011.
WORKING FOR STUDENTS... Hardly. Over the last four years, Governor Daniels, Tony Bennett, and you have dismantled public education and waged war on students progress through harmful standardized testing and accountability practices for students. Have you read any research about this? I implore you to do so. Diane Ravitch would be an excellent source where you could begin.
(For those of you reading this thinking education was failing and we needed politicians to step in, that is just another lie these politicians are selling you. On those so-called world tests, U.S. students living in middle income stable homes score at the top of the list. Our overall scores are low because the United States has the highest ratio of children living in poverty of any industrialized nation. Our government is failing children, not public schools. )
WORKING FOR TEACHERS... As a teacher, I am absolutely offended by the brashness of this statement. Suffice it to say, Governor Daniels, Tony Bennett, and you have pushed education 180 degrees in the wrong direction. Teaching students how to think and essential skills is much harder and less rewarding due to your mandates. I won't even get in to Right to Work legislation or the fact I have lost about 20% of my wages recently.
WORKING FOR VICTIMS... The stage collapse was a tragedy. How were you negligible for this? Doesn't matter. It makes a nice headline for your flyer.
Mr. Leonard, instead of posting half truths and deceitful statements on this flyer (Does my tax dollars pay for this?) the least you could do is post the ONE real truth:
WORKING FOR MYSELF
Freedom in Truth posted on April 26th, 2012 @ 12:30:07
Gotta love the Left Wing Big Union Propaganda teaching our children every day.
Horace Mann posted on April 26th, 2012 @ 16:33:32
Obviously, the email I sent you, shown above, had no effect on you. Received yet another flyer in the mail today making same bogus claims. Take for instance your claim that you have "expanded education opportunities" by "rewarding quality teachers" through SEA1 - "Creates merit pay and annual evaluations for teachers."
Mr. Leonard, if you would have done ANY research on this, you would know that the plan you legislated has already been initiated in other states - and is backfiring completely.
The BEST teachers are leaving the profession in droves due to your new legislation. Further, universities are seeing a 20 - 25% decrease in those entering the educational field. Masters of education program enrollment in Indiana Universities down near 80%. How does that get us quality?
Let us tell the truth of what it does do: it lowers the cost of public education to the taxpayer at the expense of quality education for our future generation. In other words, just the opposite of your claim: Do you even realize you have sold our children out.
Continuing down the list, I see again how you have sold out public education - "Promotes public Charter Schools."
Mr. Leonard, how does giving taxpayer money to PRIVATE institutions that educate the public, aka, charter schools, (which data is showing DO NOT outperform public schools) make sense to someone who claims to be fiscally conservative?
While were speaking about being conservative, your legislation has approved Indiana to become a common core state, which means all Indiana students will begin learning the very same material, at the very same age, at the very same time. And who has given us this material? A Federal Government Project. Sir, as a Republican, how can you explain being for government controlled, government dictated knowledge base?
My only guess is so you and other politicians can ensure future generations that cannot comprehend your deliberate attempts at obfuscation.
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