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Threatening protest by politicians creates fear

By Staff | Feb 9, 2024

To the editor:

When a local political party leader calls his fellow partisans from across the state to a protest rally attacking a teacher under the pretense of resolving a complaint, I am alarmed! Attacking one teacher in this way threatens all teachers, spreading chaos and fear throughout the school system. This negatively impacts students, at a time when achievement is already declining.

This threatening action is not only destructive to the learning environment, but wastes hundreds of hours of professional time, and costs thousands of tax payer dollars. To what end? The District has a complaint procedure, was aware of the situation and was working toward “a satisfactory resolution.” Politicians intruding again and for whose benefit? Obviously, their own.

Samuel B. Stewart, Ed.D

Retired Superintendent of Schools, NJ

Fort Myers