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Voice: Imperial teachers: If Boniface is against you, you're in the right

February 23, 2002

All I know about David Boniface is what I read in the newspapers, where his letters railing against all manner of people, places and things have been offending my sensibilities for years.

Now, he's taking on tenure for teachers, arguing it should be abolished so that self-appointed know-it-alls like him can decide who's really doing the job and who isn't.

Boniface used to confine his scorn to the individuals and/or institutions with whom he had some direct connection or personal ax to grind. But when he gratuitously attacks the teachers of Imperial, who are in the midst of a contract dispute with their school district, and uses it as a pretext for denying tenure to hard-working teachers throughout the state, he is simply another gadfly pecking at the edges of controversy.

So keep your chins up, Imperial teachers, because if Boniface is against you then you're undoubtedly on the right track. Let him sort out the "constellation of galactic problems" confronting public education, since they are generally beyond the scope of your contract talks with the Imperial Unified School District.

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The truth is that teachers in Imperial, tenured and untenured, deserve a fair contract, and if David Boniface were half as smart as he wants people to think he is, he would realize that he doesn't know half as much as he thinks he does.

… Born and raised in Imperial and a proud parent of an IUSD student … Go Tigers!

VINCE HISEL

El Centro

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