“This is not about whether or not you are a good teacher, it is about diversity.”
-Anna Maiden, in charge of HR in TUSD.
Response by TUSD teacher:
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2017 2:27 PM
To: Human Resources; Maiden, Anna; Konrad, Michael; Beck, Michael
Cc: Campbell, Andrew; Chin-Duncan, Wayne; Ledesma, Rosie
Subject: RE: Teacher Diversity Plan
To Whom It May Concern:
Please stop sending me this letter. I find this letter discriminatory and highly inappropriate. To compensate teachers based on their ethnicity should never be allowed. I “effect meaningful change” every day in my classes and I have never been offered compensation for being one of two Christian-Jews in my school. TUSD has never offered $5,000 compensation for the diversity I provide. I am already “part of the solution” you stated in this letter. I make a difference and provide cultural richness to every lesson I teach. This letter states “this is not about whether or not you are a good teacher, it is about diversity”. I am surprised that more teachers have not been in contact with you to share their outrage at that statement. This letter with financial compensation attached from my school district is offensive and inappropriate. Please do not send it to me again. I believe those of you who are responsible owe the rest of us, myself included an apology for your lack of consideration and blatant disrespect for all highly-qualified teachers within TUSD.