Until a few weeks ago, Amanda Coffman was an eighth-grade teacher at Indian Woods Middle School in the Shawnee Mission school district in Kansas.
Then she resigned, effective immediately. During a school board meeting.
Here is how the Shawnee Mission Post reported what happened:
“Monday’s meeting of the Shawnee Mission Board of Education, the first since the board voted 6-1 to adopt a three-year unilateral contract strongly opposed by the teachers union, saw a teacher publicly tender her resignation, saying she could no longer work for a district that was not showing teachers the respect they deserved.
Amanda Coffman, a gifted education teacher at Indian Woods Middle School, was the first person to speak during the public comment section of the meeting. In her remarks, she likened the district and its teachers to a bad marriage, and said she had lost hope that things would improve.
“Just like a bad relationship, our communication has broken down,” Coffman said. “You aren’t listening.”
Go here to watch Coffman’s emotional remarks to the school board.
Coffman’s remarks are not unique to Kansas. I hear the same thing as I visit schools across Alabama. Teachers are demoralized and feel constantly demeaned by politicians. This is especially true as we head toward the March 3 vote on Amendment One where hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent by people wanting to give total control of public schools to the state senate.
Educators are STRONGLY opposed to this amendment. But, like Amanda Coffman, they know their voices are being ignored.
How much sense does this make?