It is indeed regrettable that our teachers have fallen from grace. Most of the blame should go to the unions, who hold sway over our elected officials. The teachers union gave Gov. Newsom the maximum allowed during his election and he will not challenge them. Instead he has offed billions in incentives with no requirements that the schools reopen. Meanwhile, his kids are attending class at a private school.

As Jon Mays pointed out in his March 5 column, “Gov. Gavin Newsom, teachers and goodwill,” our teachers care deeply about their students and would likely opt to be in class when it is allowed. I wish the unions had as much concern for the students and their families, who have suffered greatly, while they capitalize on their political clout.

Tim Donnelly


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(3) comments

Terence Y

Well written, Mr. Donnelly. It’s too bad public education students will bear the consequences due to selfish public school teachers. These poor kids are probably missing out on educational and sports scholarships, and recruitment from many colleges. Maybe we can hold all public school kids back a grade, or two, so they’ll be able to compete in future years.

Dirk van Ulden

Since Biden is so fond of executive orders, he could outlaw teachers unions with a stroke of his pen. Wishful thinking, he will never do anything that actually benefits the American people. .

Ray Fowler

Hello, Tim

Thanks for taking the time to write an LTE.

It's amazing how the teacher unions have historically used the phrase "it's for the kids" to justify their demands, and they channel this untruth without embarrassment. Most recently, in SoCal, they provided clear evidence that not returning to the classroom is about them... not their students... when 90% of LA's teachers voted to stay out of the classroom. As soon as our governor ponies up enough cash, they'll return. Gavin doesn't seem to understand that his lack of leadership in not telling the unions... instead of asking them... to get back into the classroom is part of the reason nearly two million Californians agree he should be recalled. He's bought and paid for. Remember what Bob Dylan said... "Money doesn't talk, it swears."

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