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Teachers deserve better than what Leko got

April 06, 2012

There is never a break for a teacher (“Leko agrees to leave La Canada district,” March 29).

Mediocrity and incompetence are pervasive in public education, yet the slip of one foul word or a moment of rage-induced race-baiting, and a dedicated and established teacher gets the boot.

School boards have no business taking up discussions over the inappropriate, and indeed offensive, off-hand comments of educators.

Instead of hacking away at a teacher, why are they not hacking away at the excessive bureaucracy that is siphoning away much-needed, yet dwindling, funds in school districts across the state?

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If nothing else exposes the fractious and empty politics of our nation's schools, it is the empty dramas that engulf dedicated teachers who make undedicated mistakes.

I wish the best for Gabrielle Leko, no matter what her prejudices. Teachers deserve better respect than to become the cannon-fodder of media hounds and grievance industries.

Arthur Christopher Schaper

Torrance

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