Tuesday, February 11, 2020
TKC MUST SEE!!! SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST SCHOOL BOARD & BLOGGER 'MISINFORMATION' SPONSORED CONTENT!!!
More than any other story in the Kansas City metro today, the revolt among Shawnee Mission School District teachers has captivated news readers and offers a glimpse at the growing divide among political leadership in Johnson County and grassroots populist efforts to garner better wages.
To wit . . .
JOHNSON COUNTY TEACHER OUTRAGE TARGETS THEIR SCHOOL BOARD AND ALLEGED PAY-FOR-PLAY PROPAGANDA!!!
It's VERY INTERESTING that they're going after golden ghetto blogger Jay Senter and making some bold accusations despite local MSM support he seems to enjoy along with a few cheapskate super friendly web cam interviews with Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids . . .
Here's the news ruckus . . .
Fox4: Teacher in Shawnee Mission School District gives emotional speech as she suddenly quits job
KSHB: Shawnee Mission teacher resigns at school board meeting
Even better, here's a slightly edited word from teachers . . .
The Controversy According To Shawnee Mission School District Watchdogs
Amanda Coffman, a phenomenal teacher and amazing human, resigned tonight at the board meeting.
She (along with other teachers) spoke eloquently and powerfully about the impact of the unilateral contract on their morale and the effect it has on students.
Also tonight, all members of the NEA-SM negotiating team, spoke. They each addressed mistakes and mis-information that has been a part of the media tour and marketing blitz the district has been doing for the last week.
Finally, Ward IV Councilmember Sollie Flora spoke. She was there to support the board. (Hey - voters of Mission - you heard that, right?)
We have resigned ourselves to not knowing whether the people on the board were blindly ignorant or willfully aggressive. We think it's probably a mix of both . . . No matter what the root cause of it is, though, the teachers are exhausted, angry, sad, or worse - increasingly apathetic. They are leaving. The numbers started showing up on the HR agenda tonight.
The board shows no sign of admitting they made a mistake. (Although the Department of Labor may force them to admit it soon.) They show signs of doubling down on their media campaigns. They have posted five paid stories in the Shawnee Mission Post. They have equivocated with the Star, people on the radio, student journalists, and anybody else who will let them shovel their version of what happened. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS continue to act as if this is all just the way it has to be, and if teachers would only take the time to read things they might be able to understand.
It is infuriating.
If you're a parent you may be asking yourself what you can do. Here are some action items:
1. If you donate to the Shawnee Mission Educational Foundation, write them a letter and tell them to stop funding anti-teacher propaganda. The paid posts in the Shawnee Mission Post do not further the education of children in SMSD. If you have a recurring donation maybe pull it until they stop that?
2. Let your kids' teachers know you appreciate them. While you're at it, tell the principals and the secretaries and everybody you know who works in a school. They are all feeling this, and it sucks.
3. Tell your local politicians that you're watching how they handle this. These folks on our board sacrificed the trust of their teachers in the name of bogus financial security, and regardless of your party affiliation that is bad news. Anybody who stands by them and their union-busting, teacher-demonizing actions is not a loyal friend to public schools.
4. Make yourself watch the comments from the meeting tonight. They start at 1:05:24. Put yourself in Amanda Coffman shoes. Then realize the people teaching your kids are in their shoes everyday.
And here's the video intro . . .
"On February 10, 2020, teachers and supporters delivered public comments at the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education meeting following the board's adoption of a unilateral contract for teachers against the wishes of teachers, students and parents. Amanda Coffman gave this powerful statement that began with her resignation from the Shawnee Mission School District."
Take a look:
You decide . . .