So the superintendent puts out a weekly bulletin as does the BTU. The BTU has tried over the last few months to take the high road and not use the media to beat up on the school district or the superintendent. We have avoided, for example, linking to–or even mentioning–two recent Globe articles that have been critical of the superintendent. One article reported on the school committee’s grading of her performance and another followed up on the first piece. We did not mention either piece, as we did not want to pile on.
On the other hand, when the shoe was on the other foot–such as when the president of the BTU was the subject of a critical column in the Globe–the superintendent’s bulletin highlighted it. So this gets us to yesterday and the superintendent’s most recent bulletin, wherein she highlighted four separate newspaper reports she and her staff felt might pressure on the BTU. Here are the pieces the superintendent mentioned:
- Unions split on teacher seniority
- Massachusetts teachers union agrees to give up key rights on seniority
- Parents, students frustrated over 2-year teacher contract impasse
- In Wisconsin, clear messages for Mass. public-sector unions
Each of the pieces the superintendent mentions is accompanied in her bulletin, BPS this Week, by a key paragraph or two designed to add to the pressure. We get it. But we’re not troubled by the articles or the excerpts. They are what they are, and we can live with them. We just think the superintendent ought not to be so selective in what is dispenses through her house email to staff.