More Lies My Waffles Told Me, Part 1
If you’re “lucky” enough to be on the Breakfast Club mailing list, then you may have received an email about the upcoming campaign…and the attempt of the Club’s members to once again derail an election and discredit the opposing candidates:
They even want you to keep an eye out for funny business. That’s funny, when they’ve participated in so much of their own.
Their claims – That the Strength and Unity party have violated two tenants of the SDEA election rules. Let’s peel back the paperwork and analyze their claims…and the truth:
Election Standing Rules E5, E8
5. District email addresses and/or systems shall not be used for campaigning.
8. Privileges extended to one candidate shall be extended to all candidates. Treating all candidates the same by refusing to honor requests for distribution of campaign literature at candidate’s expense is not permitted.
Earlier this week, the Strength and Unity Party of SDEA, through their own expense and time, released campaign postcards into the United States Mail. These cards were addressed to various members at their school sites. These cards were not issued by SDEA, nor were the addresses given to the candidates by SDEA. The Breakfast Club claims that:
This is information that we only provided to the District, and which is accessible to the SDEA membership in only two ways:
- Someone at SDEA, who has access to the District lists, has provided this information to the incumbent slate. This would be a use of union resources.
- The incumbent slate has accessed Power School to get member information to use for campaign mailers. This would be a use of District resources.
Hmmm. Every teacher’s name is listed in the public section of a school’s website. It only takes a few clicks to see who works where. The address of the school is also on that website. A PUBLIC website. Even my Great Aunt Myrtle could find out who works where in our district and send that person a letter, a request to buy Girl Scout Cookies, or…if so inclined…a postcard in support of candidates. Is the same information on a district list? Sure. Is it in Power School? Maybe…I’ve never looked. Is it also out in the World Wide Web, publicly accessible by anyone? Damn straight it is. If you have factual evidence that the Strength and Unity Party accessed any district records or used district information to get these addresses, then please provide it so we can all see the evidence. If not, well…
More in the next issue…
I’m Dennis Schamp and I approve this message. These are the musings of me, myself, and I. I do not represent any other individual, group, or breakfast pastry. Please vote for the members of the STRENGTH AND UNITY PARTY. They are what’s right for SDEA and will lead us to better days.