Arizona Central reports:
Teachers rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday to oppose Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne’s new hotline for members of the public to report “inappropriate lessons.” The protesting educators called for the hotline to be shut down and for teachers to be recognized for the difficult work they do in challenging teaching conditions. When news of the hotline broke, it elicited a wave of reaction.
Fox News dubbed it the “anti-woke” hotline. Social media users called for people to flood the hotline with praise for teachers and fake reports, a strategy that helped push Virginia’s governor to shut down a similar hotline last year. So far, Arizona’s hotline has received nearly 600 emails and 200 phone calls, many of which are prank calls, Horne said. But that won’t deter him, he said. “It is still very early,” Horne said.
The Arizona Mirror reports:
Marisol Garcia, president of the state’s largest teacher’s union, the Arizona Education Association, which organized the march, said that Horne’s hotline is just another example of his adversarial relationship with teachers.
“Superintendent Horne is bringing politics into schools, ignoring educators’ due process rights and disrupting the relationship between parents and educators,” she said in an emailed statement.
The group delivered a letter to Horne requesting that he pull down the hotline and inviting him to visit a classroom to observe the work teachers do. Presented along with it was a children’s book about diverse people and the value in learning about others titled “Just Ask!”
Moments ago I called the snitch line (602-771-3500) and a recording said, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we cannot take your message at this time.”
“Teachers rally at Arizona Capitol against Horne’s new prank-prone complaint hotline.” (via @Yanazure) https://t.co/YWGNuBrbeA
— Dan Nowicki (@dannowicki) March 16, 2023
Dozens of teachers took to the street on Wednesday afternoon to demand that the state superintendent’s newly established parental complaint hotline be dismantled, via @glorihuh https://t.co/eOdN7VZcjY
— Arizona Mirror (@ArizonaMirror) March 16, 2023