Are Emery Teachers Feeling Appreciated?
It's been Teacher Appreciation Week at Emery Unified School District and teachers were feelin' the love all week long in the form of special treats and riots of flowers from the School District. Alas, come Monday morning it will have all passed and it'll be back to the grind for Emeryville's most under appreciated public workers. Elsewhere in California, school districts only celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day, May 7th, but here at Emery, it's been all week. With large school yard banners conspicuously turned towards the community at large, the School Board obviously wanted to send a loud and clear message to the citizens that teachers are much appreciated at Emery Unified.
|Teachers...We Appreciate You!|
There, that's finished, now can we go back to
business as usual?
Real appreciation involves respect and that's what's missing here. The School Board showed their lack of respect for the teachers in spectacular fashion last summer. After the teachers showed up en masse at a School Board meeting in June and read aloud their Teachers Resolution of no confidence in Debbra Lindo, the Superintendent, the School Board countered at the following meeting by reading aloud their own resolution of support of the Superintendent. More than 90% of Emery teachers signed their Resolution. Since then, shockingly, there's been no meaningful effort on the School Board's part to address the teacher's legitimate concerns.
This School District has shown a propensity to lay out the platitudes freely and sometimes shamelessly. That's what's happening this week. But we'd like to see some real teacher appreciation here for a change.