2011-12-30 / Letters

Teachers should be tested for drugs

Simi teachers union official Dayle Gillick attempts to discredit my letter of Nov. 25 and says I didn’t tell the truth, not aptly by correcting the headline that the Acorn (not I) wrote, “Union protects troubled teachers.” Then Gillick counters that the prohibition on drug testing teachers is not a union rule per se.

Granted, this untenable “protection” for union teachers is not just a rule, it is indeed a California Education Code regulation, aka law. This truth absolutely validates my main point, that it’s well past time we the people take back our public schools.

As one Simi teacher wrote me, “With the high level of drug abuse in all segments of society, it is absolutely ludicrous that a box-boy at Costco must submit to drug testing but the teachers to whom we entrust our children don’t have to.” This is unheard of in the private sector and isn’t even the case in most other private or public employee union jobs.

True, my statement should have more accurately read “union sponsored, funded and supported regulations prohibit drug screening of teachers, pre or post employment.” That, folks, is the troubling reality and absolute truth. The regulation is a direct result of the stranglehold the California Teachers Association/union has on public education. The truth is that dreadfully little good education legislation becomes law and even less of what goes into the education code happens without being ordained by the CTA union.

If you doubt the teachers union has this much power and control in California, witness Gov. Brown’s recent politically expedient efforts to “reform” public employee union pensions. That is, cough cough, all public employees except teachers’ union pensions. The truth is the CTA has Gov. Moonbeam and a large majority of the state’s political puppets dancing by the purse strings.

I went out of my way to commend the vast majority of great teachers, because that’s what I truly believe. I never remotely hinted at painting them all with any negative “broad brush.” Finally, to easily determine if Gillick’s contention that the two hard-core drug teachers are “unprecedented and isolated incidences” or if the problem is more pervasive, as I suspect, I’ll simply repeat the close of my original letter: “Just ask the kids, they know!”

Doug Crosse
Simi Valley

Crosse is a former SVUSD Board of Education trustee.

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