Despite continued admonitions from the administration, Meridian teachers continue to use the official school e-mail for political union activities.
District Super Dr. Linda Clark got a copy of a union political e-mail leaked to the office of State Super Tom Luna Tuesday which is causing a bit of a stir. (We can only assume Super Tom was not happy). The GUARDIAN and other news outlets were also provided a copy of the message from teacher Eric Thies to a long list of other teachers. Essentially the union goal is to collect 10 signatures per certified teacher in an effort to get a referendum question on the ballot against the Luna education reform plan recently passed by the legislature.
This should not be confused with the efforts of the Meridian District to pass an over ride bond to make up for loss of revenues from the state and due to lower property values. Boise School District’s board is also seeking an over ride in August.
Here is the text of the Thies political message to teachers:
Subject: FW: Referendum!
It’s time to gather signatures for the referendum!
The referendum will put the new laws 1108, 1110, and 1184 on the ballot in November
2012 for the public to have a voice!
MEA needs to gather and turn in 10,000 signatures. 40% of our goal needs to be
reached by Monday May 2nd.
The petitions are separated into packets with a petition for 1108, 1110, and 1184.
The petitions cannot be separated or altered in any way (you cannot take them apart,
write anything on the petitions, etc.).
Here’s what we need from you:
· How many petitions do you need? We will send them via district mail or you
can pick them up from our office. The petitions cost about $3 each so we are
sending them to people who are willing to collect signatures. This can include
members, nonmembers, family, friends, etc.
· When is your school event scheduled? (This could be a Power Hour, Walk
About, School Activity (book fair, carnival, other school activity)
· Once signatures are gathered, they must be notarized.
o The person who gathers the signatures must get them notarized. We can come out
to your school to notarize, you can come to the MEA office, Capital Educators
notarizes for free, ask your bookkeeper or secretary as they may be notary’s as
· Please let us know if you have questions. We are here to help you!
District spokesman Eric Exline acknowledged the memo was in obvious violation of the District poilicy manual which is available to the public and every teacher. He said discipline is up to the administration. Since that would qualify as a “personnel matter” we will likely never know if action was taken or not.
We find it ironic the teachers are putting themselves at risk on this issue because the Idaho Legislature–given its historical record–is likely to simply repeal any referendum passed by the public. That’s what they did with term limits and the 1% property tax limitation.
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