To the Editor:
Much has been said and written about the conflict of interest involved in school board candidates' acceptance of the Westerville Education Association's money and campaign help. But some very important points are being overlooked.
As a former teacher, I remember many of my colleagues' resentment at being pressured into political activity. Solicitations for money, requests for help with brochure deliveries, signs placed in front of teachers' homes and participation at campaign events were all common occurrences at election time.
Political activity was so prevalent that many teachers and administrators came to believe that professional advancement within the school district was more likely for those who participated in campaign work. Many believed they would be at a disadvantage if they did not go along.
In my experience, most educators choose to enter the profession because they want to teach and improve the lives of children. They would be happy to have politics removed from their work environments.
I will vote for Jim Burgess, Luke Davis and John Sodt, who I believe will set policies to let teachers concentrate on teaching, and employees to advance based on their merits.