The Lee County Boards of Education and Commissioners should hold Lee County School Superintendent Jeffrey Moss accountable after he instructed the 3rd grade class of Representative Mike Stones daughter to write letters to Mr. Stone in opposition of the recently passed no tax increase state budget.
As first reported by WRAL and the Carolina Journal:
Freshman Republican lawmaker Mike Stone says his daughter was used against him when a public school teacher instructed her and her classmates to contact elected officials in opposition to budget cuts.
The result: a hand-written note imploring Stone to put the budget (sic) higher dad so that her school wouldnt have to forgo field trips, be unprepared for end-of-grade tests, and lay off teachers.
A school system should not be run by a politically-motivated administrator that has clearly shown through his actions that using teachers and students to advance his political agenda are acceptable practices. Superintendent Moss does not dispute what he did. It is now the responsibility of the Lee County School Board to review this matter and make sure that this conduct does not occur again. Should Moss not promise to stop these disturbing practices, the school board should request Moss’ resignation, and if it is not forthcoming, he should be terminated for cause.
Instead of concentrating on educating students in Lee County, Superintendent Moss is forcing teachers and students to become lobbyists. During the last several weeks teachers have been instructing students to send e-mails and letters to state and local government officials, urging them to increase school funding. This is happening while parents are learning that a higher failure rate in the end-of-grade tests has resulted in a record number of students being retested, said Lloyd Jennings, Chairman, Lee County AFP.