Letters: Bill Gates and the School Reform Debate

The New York Times:

I am a teacher with Teach Plus, which was featured in the opening lines of “Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates” (front page, May 22). Our perspectives on what motivated our advocacy were not included in the article.
Thousands of great teachers are being laid off this spring, simply because they lack seniority, and many are seeking opportunities to fight for their jobs and for their students. Depicting us as the pawns of Bill Gates is unjustified, particularly since his foundation, while supporting the national organization Teach Plus, does not finance the work of the Indianapolis chapter.
Only in this era of relentless teacher-bashing by the news media could a story about teachers fighting for their own jobs and the jobs of their colleagues be spun into a conspiracy theory.
Indianapolis, May 24, 2011