"Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, raised hackles in January when it came to light he had used public-records requests to obtain residents' email addresses from state agencies and build an email list containing hundreds of thousands of names." Statesman Journal
"The representative crashed the Legislature's web server while trying to send a newsletter with four large files attached to 475,447 on his email list." Statesman Journal
In a school district next door from the district I serve, Richardson recently used his massive email list to rake the Eagle Point teachers union over the coals in his newsletter. His attack on teachers is over the top! He inserted himself into negotiations between the teachers and the school district with his wacky abuse of email addresses. Richardson stated in the Statesman Journal article, "Who will take on the teacher's unions?"
Richardson energetically ripped a page from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's playbook with his latest stunt. After reading his latest newsletter I thought about my own teachers who inspired me. I thought about teachers who generously mentor inexperienced teachers. I thought about the teachers who arrive early, stay late and cover their dining room table with papers to grade late into the night. I thought about the students who benefit from their care, compassion and instruction.
Yes, the Eagle Point teacher's union is on strike. I consider Richardson's email an attack on teachers and the middle class. The teacher's union and the district are working together to reach a fair settlement. I am confident they will.
Richardson should go visit a Freshman English class with 40 students and not enough chairs for the students to sit in. He should shadow an elementary teacher with 36 fifth graders jammed together. He should drop by in the evening at one of my district's high schools to see teachers providing free tutoring to students across the district just because they want to help all students to succeed.
Richardson bashed teachers. His abuse of email addresses, his entitlement and waste of public resources to gin up his Scott Walker version of state politics regarding public education is a disgrace.