is a Lindenhurst of nine-plus years and a concerned parent with two children in elementary school.
She is speaking about where 300 teachers walked out after an exchange between Board of Education President Ed Murphy, Jr. and () President .
Here’s what she has to say:
Mrs. Russo spoke eloquently during the meeting and received a standing ovation from teachers and community members alike. She talked about teachers being scapegoats for a dysfunctional government in Albany, and I agree with her wholeheartedly.
Instead of blaming our teachers for contracts which have been negotiated in good faith – (which, by the way, Mr. Murphy continually tells us are negotiated in private) – why don't we let our state government know that after we have bailed out Wall Street gamblers with our tax dollars, we would like to see some pay back from Wall Street by way of a one-cent transaction tax – that's one penny for each trade on Wall Street – that would come back to our schools?
Our teachers are not the criminals here. Politicians and Wall Street thieves are, and our children need to be educated properly (by our outstanding teachers) in core subjects, as well as fine art, music, computer skills, enhanced education services – yes, that's Special Education, Orion (gifted and talented), and the Alternative Learning Center (ALC), some of which are mandated and/or funded, some not, but which are all important – to prepare them for the future.
Educated adults should be our collective goal – preparing our children for well-paying jobs in science and technology, so that the good jobs aren't out-sourced, leaving our citizens unemployed and underemployed and lowering our tax basis.
Negotiate fair contracts with our teachers, in private.
Mr. Murphy, I think you owe all of us an apology for letting your temper get the better – or worse – of you. While the teachers should not have left the auditorium, you were wrong to offer negotiation points in a public forum, as was Mr. Vitiello for telling us to have our children ask their teachers not to take a pay raise.