Out of line
April 28, 2002
I have been an educator for the past 23 years and was in Aspen for one day on Tuesday. After reading the article on School District Accountability I found the tone of the letter submitted to the Aspen School Board from the Aspen Education Association defensive, Slanderous and pretty absurd. That a professional association to attack a parent/parents with words like “this group is engaged in a witch hunt …” and to say that a group of parents is “aggressive” when it appears they are simply looking for some accountability is simply out of line.
What is it that the administration is hiding to warrant such a hostile response from AEA? The letter states that the parent inquiry has “Created an atmosphere of mistrust, contention and uncertainty,” this from a request for information based on the Colorado Open Records Act! In an era when the majority of parents in Colorado work, and often do not have the time or resources to fully engage in the education of their children or in the administration of running schools, I commend these parents that are holding government accountable. If parents and citizens don’t step up to the plate to be strong advocates for their children and programs, then who will?
Bruce N. Atchison