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Dear Melaleuca and elected officials: I am so sick and tired of you saying how much you love, appreciate and admire teachers. If that’s true, then prove it!

Respect me enough to know that I am smart enough to make decisions for myself! Stop saying that I am being brainwashed or lied to by “union bosses.” The current IEA president was a school librarian before being elected. How scary is that?

Respect me enough to not insult me by funneling money away from funds that would have gone to teacher salaries, thus resulting in an almost $3,000 decrease in my pay, and then telling me I can earn some of it back as a “bonus.” Respect me enough to listen and take my input into matters that affect my students like class size, special education issues, safety concerns and length of day.

Respect me enough to learn how I already like and use technology in the classroom. Respect me enough to include me in decision making at the state and district level. Respect me enough to ask union and non-union teachers across the state why they will be voting no on Props 1, 2, and 3.

* Sue Darden, Meridian

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