Filed under: things that are going to hurt, yesterday the teachers union, AEA, released via the larger California Teachers Association (CTA) a press release which said that they are not considering a dual endorsement as Trish Spencer has suggested to the CSEA rep that they are fully backing Marie Gilmore for Mayor and are disappointed with Trish Spencer not living up to her commitments given how much money and manpower they funneled into her re-election campaign.
Here’s the full text of the press release:
Alameda Education Association Re-iterates its Support for Re-election of Mayor Marie Gillmore
ALAMEDA – The Alameda Education Association (AEA) reiterates its support for the re-election of Mayor Marie Gilmore, who has been a strong advocate for public education and teachers in Alameda.
The Association, which represents 540 teachers, counselors and nurses in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), is extremely disappointed by the decision of school Trustee Trish Herrera Spencer to campaign for mayor instead of focusing on the responsibilities of her current elected position. Alameda educators expect Spencer to fulfill her obligation to Alameda students and community and serve the remainder of her term on the School Board. Our members invested heavily in Spencer 2012, and worked tirelessly on her campaign for reelection to the School Board.
Trustee Spencer’s commitment is needed during this pivotal time while AUSD searches for a new superintendent, plans for implementing a possible school facilities bond and prepares for labor negotiations with its teachers and staff. Audrey Hyman, President of AEA, stated “We believe that at this critical time Trustee Spencer’s focus should be on improving Alameda’s public education opportunities rather than seeking higher office.”
Also, interestingly enough Trish Spencer has removed two posts from her Facebook page both announcing her Mayoral run. One of those posts had the disappointed responses from the CSEA rep which has now been purged. Fortunately, I took screen shots for posterity:
So much for being “open” and “transparent.” :)
It’s going to be a hairy campaign if AEA decides that this will not be the end of their finger wagging at Trish Spencer over her decision to not fulfill her commitment to the School Board.