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Letter to the Editor: Teachers didn’t need to walk out

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To be clear, I support wholeheartedly any worker seeking better wages and working conditions. And particularly support teachers petitioning legislators. However the scam being perpetrated on the tax paying public by the Jefferson County Education Association with the April 26 “labor shortage” is out of line. In this era of email and social media, petitioning your legislator is a simple task.

Teachers being asked by JCEA and apparently sanctioned by Dr. Jason Glass, Jeffco Superintendent, to take a day off to petition our legislators and leaving working parents to “take your kids to work” is irresponsible. Taxpayers should take note of this decision made by the JCEA and Dr. Glass when they collectively, come asking, for more tax dollars “for the children.” And you know they will! Hogwash! Poorer results in our schools is never solved by throwing more money at the problem. It is solved by leadership. The 1,650 teachers paid leave for one day is approximately $420,00 based on 180 work days and a licensed teacher with a bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience. That would buy a lot of pencils!

John Rubano,
Lakewood

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