Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The SLTA's Reign of Terror?

San Leandro Teachers Association Executive Boardmember Dan Martin is a high school history teacher, so its seems peculiar his email to members casts himself as San Leandro's Maximilien Robespierre of the French Revolution. In the end, Robespierre did not fare so well.

The correspondence was distributed by supporters of embattled Superintendent Christine Lim.

The email from last August appears to point directly towards a concerted effort by the union to end Lim's reign over the district by even coercing members to tell two school trustees to "do what they were elected to do." Martin also calls the effort to dismiss Lim as an "SLTA initiative."

Using his vacation in Paris as a literary device, Martin relates the struggles of French commoners which led to the overthrow of the king by calling the district office "out of touch."

Here's the text of the email:
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 2:32 PM
Subject: SLTA Action Needed

Hi Everyone,

I'm sending you this email from Paris. I just received the word that the Superintendent's contract is probably going to be extended until 2011 at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the San Leandro City Hall UNLESS you take some action today.

Paris seems an appropriate place to ask you to participate in a revolutionary act, circa 1789. Okay, we're 220 years into the future, but some of the dynamics still seem familiar. Like the French monarchy, the regime in power at the district office is out of touch with the reality of those doing the work in our classrooms every day. Resource allocations seem to serve the district office operation more than classroom needs, our students, and our teaching and support staff. Professional respect for our SLTA members mostly appears as window dressing when it serves the Superintendent's interest.

The SLTA Executive Board needs you to immediately email Trustees Morgan Mack-Rose and Hermy Almonte urging them to do what they were elected to do, and that was to bring Superintendent Lim's term in San Leandro to an end. Their personal emails are listed above next to their names.

Also, email Jon Sherr today if you have any ideas or questions about this SLTA initiative, and we hope to see you on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Board Meeting at City Hall. It's time for a change at the top of the district office operation.

In Solidarity,
Dan Martin for the SLTA Executive Board
Robespierre's is famously attached to the bloody "Reign of Terror" that gripped France after the beginning of the revolution. The problem with the historical allusion is ultimately Robespierre was also killed when his countrymen learned how his excesses ran counter to his nationalistic virtue.

Vive la San Leandro!

1 comment:

  1. Years later as a teacher in San Leandro this still bothers me. Chris Lim was good for the district. As a minority teacher I applaud what she did. Too bad the white establishment could never be honest with themselves. The fear of change is what prompted her dismisal. This was truly the liw point in my teaching career.