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What Makes Public School Teachers Any Different than Other Public Employees?

December 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm Matt

From Catherine Candisky in The Dispatch:

The head of Ohio’s largest teachers union told a judge yesterday that releasing the names, addresses and other personal information of licensed teachers, administrators and school staff puts their safety and privacy at risk.

“Acts of violence, verbal abuse and threats” were among the concerns cited by Patricia Frost-Brooks, president of the Ohio Education Association.

The union is seeking a permanent injunction blocking the Department of Education from releasing the information. It was requested last month by the Ohio Republican Party under state public-records law.[...]

The teachers union, in a lawsuit against the Department of Education, argues that all citizens hold a constitutional right to privacy, and “release of the information does not add anything to the public’s ability to monitor its government.”

I have been involved in efforts requesting public teacher salaries and personal information. Interesting, each individual school district will provide you with the information, but it a time-consuming, expensive process. And some schools, just to be annoying, will send you the information written out BY HAND!

But all other state employees have their information readily available. I have access to databases and can look up anyone in the legislature or a state agency… and I have a lot of it printed out. It is my right to have this information. So why should tax-payer funded schools be treated differently? Is the privacy and safety of state house employees less important than public school administrators?

What would be the harm in local newspapers printing an entire list of what teachers and administrators, with their 6 hour work days and 3 months of vacation, make compared to jobs in the private sector? And perhaps print that right before election day when a levy is on the ballot? ha ha ha

Regardless if it is murdering unborn babies or protecting overpaid educrats, this mythical “constitutional right to privacy”… found through a series of squinty-eyed penumbras and emanations…  certainly comes in handy for the left.

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  • kathy
    PLEASE get a clue on the 6 hour work days and 3 months of vacation. I do not know any teacher that works 6 hours a day. i also dont know any teachers who don't save ye taxpayers alot of $$ by supplying the little things- like paper, pens, pencils, backpacks, kleenex, oh, and yes, FOOD to the classes they teach. Because you expect them to. In the private sector, employees earn paid vacations, paid holiday- yes, that includes Christmas- teachers do not. Nor do all of them enjoy 3 months of UNPAID vacation (its down to 10 weeks- your bill is going up). Many are starting to like the idea of working 8 hour days - 12 months a year. Imagine the pay increases! I would assume that if schools are production oriented - as most businesses are- the MBA will suffice. Sorry, most of them are past that level of education- because the state insists on it. (They pay for that themselves, too.) So, if you choose to puff about teachers wishing for a little privacy from the students and families they serve, say so. But please, cut the sensationalism. Read up on the subject- better yet, talk to one (a teacher). You might just learn something.
  • mvirenicus
    mmmm... unborn babies. mmmm....
  • Guest
    Or how about the names of jurors in high-profile cases? Oh wait, they don't have a problem doing that, either...regardless of what they say after-the-fact.
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