Aristotle, the Greek philosopher and scientist, spoke of greed when he wrote, "Some men turn every quality or art into a means of making money; this they conceive to be the end, and to the promotion of the end all things must contribute. And as we are told in Timothy, 6:10, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."


These pages have been filled lately with rhetoric borne at the heart of greed and the love of money and it is far past time for some truth to shine a light on the hypocrisy being spouted here by Matt Spencer and Gary Namie.


Educators are found in schools, not district offices. It is hypocrisy to call yourself an educator when you do not even work within 500 yards of a classroom. And, in case you were wondering, 15576 Main Street is nowhere near a classroom in our school district.


Our teachers and principals at our schools are our children's educators and educational leaders. Our classified staffs, at school sites, also directly support these true educators.


In my experience, one of the biggest problems in this district is the failure of the protected enclave of 15576 Main Street, to actually listen to and fully support the actual educational work that is done by our professional educators at our 15 elementary schools, our 3 middle schools, our 3 comprehensive high schools, and our alternative/continuation schools. Our district office exists solely to support the education that takes place on our school sites because it is at our schools, and not the district office, where our kids are educated.


Matt Spencer came to this district from Desert Sands Unified School District, where he was the director of non-teaching employees. According to Gary Namie, Desert Sands is believed to be one of the very few school districts in this entire nation to develop "anti-bullying" policies for their adult employees.


Desert Sands Unified spent $45,000 for "consulting fees" and "training" for its "anti-bullying" policy. Presumably, this public school money went to Namie's organization, to which Matt Spencer has also identified his affiliation. And Matt Spencer definitely supported these expenditures because he said so, in print.


This is far too much money for any school district to spend on this "issue," particularly since even the Desert Sands superintendent said their district was facing a $15 million budget shortfall for the next year. I agree with the member of one of their parent-teacher groups when she said, "I just think the money should go toward the kids, not the adults." Darn right the money is supposed to be for the kids.


Spencer and Namie are simply promoting their group and its parochial agenda. They sought public school dollars for their organization in the last school district Spencer worked at in California. These facts further demonstrate that it is very reasonable to conclude that the Namie/Spencer outsider's interest in our school district is one borne solely of greed and love of money.