Leany criticized teacher without having all the facts
I am shocked that our newspaper would publish on its front page innuendos made at the Sept. 17 school board meeting by Jeff Leany, a board member. It is obvious he wanted a platform to spread his agenda … to use an inflammatory issue, though unverified, as a jumping-off place for his comments.
I don’t see any reference to a second comment he made at the same school board meeting, to the School District superintendent, calling him out about another teacher at Taylor Elementary. He asked if the superintendent was aware that he had a 4th grade teacher who didn’t have an American flag in her classroom, but had posters of Cesar Chavez and other “characters” on the wall.
Did he bother to investigate and confirm the facts? No. Had he done so, he would have found out that the teacher of whom he spoke was a highly respected, nationally board certified teacher, new to the school. There was no flag in her classroom when she came, but one was on order. The other “characters” on her classroom wall were Nobel Peace Prize winners and were used to teach required 4th grade curriculum.
If he didn’t verify this accusation, how can one believe the one stated in the newspaper?
First, is it the job of a school board member to spread unconfirmed rumors about teachers in order to have his political position printed in the paper? Second, does he even know what his job as a school board member and its parameters are?
Are school board elections supposed to be decided on political party affiliations, as Leany insinuated by referring to the “Republican-endorsed candidates”?
JANIS S. MILLETT