I am a retired teacher ad former member of the San Diego Education Association. The present SDEA leadership appears to be more interested in their own quest for power than in the greater interests of the students, the community and their own members.

The hard line taken by the SDEA leadership, with respect to budget negotiations in addition to the fiasco of demanding later dates for issuing layoff notices then reversing themselves, is causing long-term harm to the organization they claim to represent.

Being willing to sacrifice young teachers to layoffs in order to pay for benefits for more experienced teachers is not what education is supposed to be all about. Education’s first priority is the students. Having fewer teachers in classrooms is in direct opposition to that premise.

Ed Wainio lives in San Diego.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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