An update in the ‘Walk In’ flyer story:
I was sent a link to a website: http://hollyspringswalkin.weebly.com/
The text is as follows:
There have been many recent inaccuracies reported about this coming Monday’s events scheduled. This page will serve as a basic source of information to alleviate any political involvement or affiliation.
The goal for November 4th is to bring together parents and teachers along with other community members to have a positive conversation about our children and education.
Here is what we are planning in Holly Springs:
At Holly Ridge Elementary…
Teachers will meet outside of the school at 8:30 AM and walk in together at 8:45 with the bell
For all Holly Springs Schools…
Meet at Holly Grove campus at 4:30
Walk to Holly Springs High School
Meet with parents and teachers to discuss these three main questions:
o What makes us proud of our school and school system?
o What concerns do we have about our school and school system?
o What do we want our school and school system to look like?
Excellent. Perfect. Take it back and own it. YES.
I take exception only to the first sentence’s ambiguity. There was no doubt from the flyer that this event was associated with Organize 2020. The website was right on it. It appears NCAE Wake County President Larry Nilles is still an admin of the Wake Nov 4th Walk In Facebook group. I hope he is attending on Monday and is asked why NCAE dropped the event from their website.
If Holly Ridge is taking this back from the NCAE’s Organize 2020 and running on their own, I stand right behind them — as I have from the start despite claims to the contrary. My line in the sand was the participation of children in this, it was never about the right of teachers to speak out.
Yes, I’ve seen the comments like “they should be involved, it’s their education” and “what affects the teacher affects the student”. Those are cop-outs. You are the adults. This is your job – your profession, not theirs. The grievances here all flow back to legislative matters, funding, budgets and items not in the sphere of influence of children, but of adults — Parents, Taxpayers and Teachers.
Having said that, I stand by the position that kids should not be used as leverage in these discussions, whether good intentioned or not:
Teachers can and should air their grievances just like any employee anywhere else has a right to do. Being state employees puts limitations on how and where that grievance airing can be done. That is part of being a public employee. Those limitations are there for a reason; your jobs are funded by the taxpayers. It is illegal for state employees to conduct political activity on the state’s time or the state’s dime. This series of events has been proven to do be treading on the grounds of doing just that. In general, it should be repugnant to all that any of this activity was involving our kids.
While Holly Ridge has corrected course after the flyer misstep, Iredell-Statesville is promoting the Walk In on their official website.
On another note, I was asked to look deeper into the original matter of the walk out/strike that was organized on Facebook and eventually hijacked by the NCAE/Organize 2020. I have new information regarding that event I will share today. An article will be coming later today.
Related reads: Walk In, Walk Out or neither