By: Diane Benjamin
If you haven’t browsed Unit 5’s website, you missed this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cPB0fnxfB3G2Dwp8Cyzawy5_bPej-A-C/view
That is an update to their Equity Action Plan. See PDF pages 5 and 6 for what they want to achieve. This paragraph bothers me:
The purpose of public schools is to teach. Students should never know the “authentic self” of those teaching them. If you have experience with teenage girls, you know their “authentic self” can be different everyday. Unit 5 shouldn’t be promoting any “authentic self”, their job is teaching.
I filed a FOIA request based on this paragraph on PDF page 12:
The Unit 5 lawyer claimed the 4 training sessions weren’t recorded! Anybody believe that?
Screen shots were included to two opening videos they did record, I should have access to those videos. I don’t. I had to request it, still waiting. The title of the first one is Understanding Identity. The second is Navigating Identity.
They did hire 47 people:
Cheryl Springwood, Kimberly Johnson, Kris Pennington, Megan Bozarth, Maggie Lakebrink, Ryan Kerr, Emily Casterjon, Robin Spaid, Chris McGraw, Nate Bostic, Jane Collins, Paula Collins, Dustin Underwood, Jen Hamler, Osha Green, Cami Williams, Ashleigh Gibler, Sharon Collins-Brock, Maria Gomez-Banks, Valerie Ambrose, Dennis Larson, Erin Dobson, Bryan Thomas, Rocio Fisher, Isoke Wilson-Pridgen, John Hughs, LaTishia Baker, Julie Cunningham, Sylvester Davis, Rachel Evans, Jason Klokkenga, Kim Wilson, Matt Harr, Rebecca Spears, Latrice Samuels, Alyssa Swanson, Holly Cox, Liz Tomera, Kiki Keeney, Tina Fogal, Karrah Jensen, Kim Priller, Len Childers, Monique Hall, Jessica Woodall, Scott Vogel, Monica Wilks
Instead of just telling me how much they got paid, I was told Pay Rate 4 with a link to the union contract. That didn’t help. https://ufea.org/contract/#article-9
I believe this training was funded with ESSER Funds given to schools to address the effects of COVID. ESSER Funds were meant to address learning loss and mitigation efforts.
I would ask more questions but I know other groups are looking at how ESSER Funds were spent. Besides, I wouldn’t get a straight answer from Unit 5 anyway.
Have I mentioned lately you need to get your kids out of public schools?
Where your children go to school shouldn’t be assigned by zip code.
Start demanding school choice, schools would be better overnight when they have to compete for students.