93% Of Emery Teachers Say
'No Good' To Superintendent
That's Good Enough For Us
OpinionWe've been getting this creeping feeling over the last year; Emery's new superintendent, Debbra Lindo isn't a strong supporter of teachers. She seems to look to the educational entrepreneur model of education; that being the new out-of-the-box way of imagining public education, much in vogue, that relies on teams of expensive private education consultants, creating charter schools and ousting the teachers union. It's a teacher disempowering, management heavy way of structuring education. In addition to this, as a school superintendent, Ms Lindo seems aloof and she hasn't much engaged parents.
But these failings, admittedly sort of vague and unsubstantiated, fall by the wayside next to the bombshell dropped on June 11th as Emery teachers read a resolution of "no confidence" in the Superintendent, supported by 93% of the teachers at the district.
While the teacher's resolution, covered by The Secret News, is disturbing in it's litany of charges against Ms Lindo, it's the 93% teacher endorsement of the document we find most compelling. If say, 50% of the teachers had voted no confidence in the Superintendent we would expect the School Board to engage in a serious and introspective look into Ms Lindo's job performance with an eye towards mediation to fix the problem but when more than 90% of teachers make a serious and public move against a superintendent like this, we say the Board has no choice; it's time to look for a replacement.
When more than 90% of teachers
make a serious and public move
against a superintendent like this,
we say the Board has no choice;
it's time to look for a replacement
To be clear, the teachers did not directly demand the Superintendent be fired. But the resolution they filed is very definitive: they cannot work with Ms Lindo. The District needs to take the hint and do the right thing by the teachers. Anything short of replacing the Superintendent at this point will be correctly perceived as a move against the legitimate and immediate concerns of virtually the entire teaching staff.
We Need To Support The Teachers
This District has been tone deaf on many topics recently but we hope this will not be one of them. It's abundantly clear by the text of the resolution the teachers have been feeling seriously used and abused and they have circled their wagons. After a season of under valuing teachers here at Emery United, it's time for the School Board to come to their aid. This issue promises to be a watershed moment in Emery Unified School District history. How this plays out is likely to be very illuminating and who's back the Board has covered will likely be revealed. If the School Board simply ignores this exigent and conspicuous teacher's resolution it will be taken as a snub against the teachers by the Board and the District.
As the teachers themselves made clear at the June 11th meeting, the 7% of their colleagues that didn't sign the resolution expressed fears of retaliation. The fact that they even consider possible such an outlandish outcome for this resolution makes it imperative that the Board act in support of the teachers.
We intend to not allow this to be simply ignored. We support our teachers at Emery United and we will make that support tangible if the Board refuses to act on this vote of no confidence in the Superintendent.