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ELECTION: Zeiger misleads on education support

Letter by MaryJill Nelson, Puyallup on Aug. 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm | 23 Comments »
August 10, 2012 2:59 pm

I was shocked to receive a mailing from 25th District Rep. Hans Zeiger claiming that he “stands for teachers” and “is an advocate for teachers.”

This is shocking since he wrote, in a 2003 Seattle Times op-ed, “Having been a part of both the home-school movement and the public-school morass, I would now go so far as to recommend that parents not place their children in a public school at all.”

Being a public school educator for 24 years, I find Zeiger’s statements regarding public school disgusting and disrespectful to the majority of us who went to public schools, sent our children to public schools and teach in public schools. How can I trust that he will “stand for teachers” when he is advocating that parents opt out of public schooling for their children?

Being “an advocate for teachers” also means being an advocate for public schools. Can we trust Zeiger to be an advocate for the majority of us who believe in the benefits of public education? I think not. As an active member of the teachers union, I assure you that we have not endorsed Zeiger.


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