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Letter to the Editor: Republicans treat teachers like thugs

Teachers are thugs! That's the conclusion one would reach by the decisions of the party in power at the legislature.

Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen is a member of that party. Ingebrigtsen's party initiated 22 bills aimed at education in an effort to punish as opposed to seeking solutions or making an attempt to find "common ground" on issues of concern.

Yet, we find teachers coming to work early and staying late; we find teachers at the front of the line at educational conferences to find better ways to help kids - their reason for existence; we find three out of five new teachers entering the field leaving within five years; we find that the average elementary teacher spends nearly $500 out of their own money for school supplies; we find that in 1990 teacher salaries (a complaint of Ingebrigtsen) was ranked number eight in Minnesota and now our 23rd-ranked teachers understand the hard economic times, and yet Ingebrigtsen's party still criticizes teachers for their salaries.

Ingebrigtsen's party is all about getting rid of the so-called bad teacher. Yet their party hasn't defined 'bad.' Bad is usually defined as a teacher that has given a bad grade to a student, disciplined a student and the parent didn't approve, or if the teacher is a coach, a student didn't receive enough playing time.

Teachers should be removed only for just cause, and they deserve due process. This process is in place and works. Just look at the legislature and their behavior! They don't set an example. Just look at the "ethics violator" (Gretchen Hoffman) in our area and then the ethics violator was cited for campaign finances violations, too! Is that bad or what? Then look at the party in power and how their leadership promotes family values and then has extramarital affairs - and now those affairs are costing us taxpayers well over $100,000 in legal fees. The party in power says one thing and does another!

Ingebrigtsen and his party are not seeking solutions to difficult issues, they're treating teachers as if they're thugs.

Jerry Horgan

Henning, MN