The letter written by Elydia Gonzalez attacking the Imperial Teachers Association was a good example of class warfare disguised as constructive criticism. What exactly does this woman have against teachers, besides their legitimate interest in securing a fair contract resolution for themselves and their families?
At a time when government at virtually every level has agreed that education is our No. 1 goal and dollars must be expended to increase standards and elevate teacher pay, here is a woman who argues that teachers ought to just take their lumps — and the more the better. It isn't that she's for the other side necessarily, only that she's against teachers (in Imperial, and presumably around the world).
But Elydia Gonzalez isn't just another bitter letter-writer. No, she simply wants to keep teachers in their place, which is firmly under the thumb of a detached administration and a disengaged school board. This is a school district, remember, that spends $599 less per student than the average unified district in California, even as it sits on reserves that total $651 more per student than the same statewide average. What Imperial teachers want to know is why?