Dear Ms. Elydia Gonzalez:
I have just finished reading your letter castigating T.J. Hepburn and the other 131 members of the Imperial Teachers Association for having the audacity to think the job they do is important, even vital to the community.
Since I am one of those teachers you referenced in your broadside, and you are such a scrupulous fact-checker, I thought I'd offer the following salient points for your consideration:
While it is true that teachers are seeking an 8 percent salary schedule increase, plus compensation for additional days, it is provably false that they have rejected that same amount (since it was never offered). As for the contention that teachers only work 180 days and take a paid vacation for the remainder of the year, the reality is their compensation is tied to the school year, which is 10 months. What they do with the other two months is entirely up to them, but many forgo the break and teach summer school (because they need the money).