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Letter to the Editor of the Washington Times re Merit Pay Editorial (not published)
I am writing in response to the Merit Pay editorial of September 9. Although merit pay in itself is not a bad idea, the ends used to accomplish this, and many other of Mayor Fenty’s and Ms. Rhee’s goals do no justify the means. Mayor Fenty and Ms Rhee have been vindictive and conniving in many of their dealings with the District’s adults and children. Compassion, character and conscience are essential characteristics of a true leader. A true leader is transparent, and truly works for the public good.
There are many questions that need to be asked by the Times and other media about Ms. Rhee. Why did two nonprofits close to Rhee hire several teachers for $1,000 a week to lobby their colleagues to accept merit pay? Does Ms. Rhee promote an “alternative values” agenda that favors regulations that legitimize same sex relationships, while at the same time discriminate against programs that promote traditional values? Why was ULTRA Teen Choice kicked out of DC public schools without cause, with reasons being fabricated afterward? Why have health standards been passed that specify the discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in middle school in spite of a lack of parental support for these standards? Why was a before school community prayer meeting that was being organized by Eastern Senior High School alumni cancelled after the Chancellor’s office learned about it and claimed that it would violate separation of church and state? Why have special education programs been gutted, with the Chancellor being close to being held in contempt of court? Why have highly qualified veteran teachers, including popular
Ms. Rhee has repeatedly shown disrespect, or even contempt for DC Public school parents, teachers, and children. I personally know of four teachers at
True school reform can never come through unscrupulous means, and cannot come without the support of the community, and without upholding the traditional values that the great majority of the community cherish. Children do not grow up in a vacuum. The real battleground is to strengthen families and marriages by reducing sex outside of marriage and increasing the number of children who grow up in stable, two parent families. Ms. Rhee’s policies are antagonistic to the strengthening of traditional families and strong community involvement from both faith based and other community organizations. As such they can never bring true, long lasting reform.
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