TFT President blasts school supply proposalWritten by Alissa Romstadt | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In a Sept. 9 news release, Toledo Federation of Teachers President Fran Lawrence denounced a program proposed by a Toledo Public Schools board member to collect school supplies to save teacher resources.
A release titled, “Fisher’s hypocrisy,” said, “Darlene Fisher’s announcement that she is forming a committee to raise money for teacher supplies amounts to hypocrisy. Fisher voted against the recent TPS labor contract that increased teacher supply money.
“TFT’s Francine Lawrence said that Darlene Fisher is one of the worst school board members ever.”
Fisher, City Councilman and mayoral candidate D. Michael Collins and representatives from Columbia Gas of Ohio, Office Depot and Mailworks announced Sept. 9 the formation of the Teacher’s Cabinet, which will accept donations of money and school supplies.
Cash donations will be used to buy supplies on clearance or reduced rates and teachers will be able to shop for free to save their personal money, Fisher said.
“It’s a win/win for everyone,” said Fisher, who is running for re-election in November.
Columbia Gas pledged $500 to encourage other businesses to get involved, said Chris Kozak, Columbia Gas spokesman.
Office Depot will donate 375 backpacks loaded with school supplies like glue sticks and crayons, said Rich Shippley, store manager.
“Education is critical to the future of our community,” Collins said.
Tim Speweik said Mailworks will support the cause through direct mail.
The Teacher’s Cabinet is an idea that has been implemented in other cities, Fisher said. The Toledo Teacher’s Cabinet idea originated at a Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce event in a discussion of how businesses can connect with teachers, she said.
The Lawrence news release may be read here.
During a Sept. 10 telephone attempt to confirm a comment in the news release, a receptionist for Lawrence who identified herself as “Lisa” hung up the telephone.