Letters:Going through grieving process after Tuesday’s election
November 09, 2013 11:18 PM | 2336 views | 3 3 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print

After the disappointing loss for Dwight Pullen in the state Senate Race, I found myself going through the seven stages of grief.

Denial — This can’t be true! When I wake Pullen will be in the runoff.

Guilt—What more could I have done?

Anger — Why are furlough days, more expensive health care, less coverage, larger class sizes and a rogue school board member not enough to get teachers to vote?

Depression — I guess politicians will keep walking all over teachers and there is nothing I can do about it.

We are taught it is rude or even wrong to talk about politics, especially in the work place. On a national level some of this might still hold true. But on a local level, we cannot afford to be polite any longer. These local elections affect school systems dramatically. The schools are on a barebones budget. Class sizes keep getting bigger while at the same time more is required of teachers.

Upward Turn — How can we turn this around? We will have to get out of our comfort zone and possibly make others slightly uncomfortable. I talked to every teacher I thought might be in District 14, on my personal time, about this election. I helped them find what district they were in. I told them why we were having a special election, and yes, I even told them about each candidate. I found when I was talking to teachers, they wanted to know the information and how to find it on their own later. It was uncomfortable at first, but it did get easier. Some who were not planning to vote, for whatever reason, decided to after our conversation. We can make a difference in our own schools.

Reconstruction — So where do we go from here? Find that person in your school that you trust to give you the facts about a politician’s stance on education. Some of us need to take the lead, be informed and share our knowledge. It’s important to start the dialogue.

Acceptance/Hope — Attention all teachers, parents and lovers of public education, consider this our Call to Arms.

If we band together as one voice, there is no election we cannot sway. Educating yourselves, talking to each other and getting out there to vote are the best things for education, our students and ourselves.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Jessica Carter

Ball Ground

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Anyone But Pullen
November 12, 2013
The absolute LAST THING Cherokee County needed was another fatcat, lifelong gov't bureaucrat. As far as being beneficial to the teachers, you mean like do-nothing-for-teachers Brandon Beach? And what part of a Half Billion $$ is "barebones"? That's the problem with many CCSD teachers - they just repeat the lies the super spews without bothering to research NOR to consider how ridiculous these lies come across to those of us in the private sector.

Teachers need to think for themselves and stop relying on groupthink. This is such an easily-fooled voting demographic - it's good to see Pullen wasn't able to even snooker a top-2 finish in a 5-man race!!

Teacher's Hubby
November 10, 2013
The point of this letter is RIGHT ON. Apathy and a lack of information on the part of non-voting CCSD employees and teachers in general in GA has caused much of the issues we are currently experiencing. The school districts were robbed of 10's of millions of dollars in QBE for over 5 years now. Yet, the state expects higher performance in in the schools while slashing funding. Who makes those decisions? Politicians. Apathy as well allows for-profit charter school advocates to infiltrate our public school boards for the purpose of destrying public schools and creating a more profitable environment for THEIR schools, i.e. KELLY! MARLOW and her 40 Tea Party advisors. WAKE UP TEACHERS, YOU NEED TO STAY INFORMED AND VOTE!!
Ken Hardy
November 16, 2013
CCSD Teachers, you need to wake up to one other thing and that is the 371,000,000 million in school debt and what the long term effects of that will be to your income and teaching resources. No one has ever borrowed their way to prosperity
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