Teachersa contact info not public

The State Board of Education agrees that the home addresses, telephone numbers and personal e-mail addresses of teachers should not be released to the public. Full Story
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Concerned

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 21, 2010
Thank you Judge Hogan. Why did state lawyers waste tax payers money fighting this? Can I please get the address, phone numbers and personal e-mails for those state employees? If you are an elected official I think it is fair game to know where you live and even then I would draw the line at home phone numbers. No other employee (public or private) should be subject to the mandatory disclosure of personal information unrelated to the performance of their job. Work is work and home is home.

Since: Dec 09

Columbus

#2 Apr 21, 2010
Somebody mark the calendar - a union finally made a good decision. Teacher personal information should not be public information, and neither should any public official, police, fire, office seekers and more.

There is no reason for anyone to have personal information on anybody. If you need to have contact with them about a business related matter, contact them through the business.
rebel

Columbus, OH

#3 Apr 21, 2010
public employees in fo. is private? they are not police. this is wrong. teachers can access everyone else's info. it is public record. I thought the government was going to be more transparent?

Since: Jul 09

Marion

#4 Apr 21, 2010
Thanks for that judgement!

I am not a teacher, but why should a teacher have their PERSONAL contact information as part of PUBLIC record?

Do I get contact information for the rude waitress at the diner? Do I get contact info for the moron that drives badly?..and on and on.

If you have a concerns or praise for a public employee, go through their employer. It not only is the "proper" thing to do, it also lets the "chain of command" how that person is really performing.
Black-Gold

Celina, OH

#5 Apr 21, 2010
The Republican Party was simply asking to be put on level footing with the OEA, that continues to be strongly tied to the Democrats, and gives teachers a slanted view on a number of issues. Releasing home addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of teachers is hardly an invasion of privacy for the purpose of balancing the scales. Long live the union mentality so prevalent in this state.
rebel

Columbus, OH

#6 Apr 21, 2010
Crabbyman wrote:
Thanks for that judgement!
I am not a teacher, but why should a teacher have their PERSONAL contact information as part of PUBLIC record?
Do I get contact information for the rude waitress at the diner? Do I get contact info for the moron that drives badly?..and on and on.
If you have a concerns or praise for a public employee, go through their employer. It not only is the "proper" thing to do, it also lets the "chain of command" how that person is really performing.
their info. should not be protected like the police..come on how bad are the teachers? Anywhere anyone else works people can find their identity...
think about it

Westerville, OH

#7 Apr 21, 2010
If schools don't want their information to be used then the schools shouldn't be using private information of unlisted numbers of parents to make phone calls to vote supporting tax increases for the schools! The schools are abusing private information that the parents must give to ensure safety of their children, and using that for the schools gain!
Concerned Citizen

Reynoldsburg, OH

#8 Apr 21, 2010
OEA's initial contacts with teachers are made through the school. Only after they become members does OEA have contact information for teachers at home.

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#9 Apr 21, 2010
rebel wrote:
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their info. should not be protected like the police..come on how bad are the teachers? Anywhere anyone else works people can find their identity...
so rebel if I came to your hypothetical job, went to HR and asked to be given your home address, phone number and email address, you really think an HR person would cheerfully give that over to me?
patriot

Grove City, OH

#10 Apr 21, 2010
Then why are STUDENTS' information, including phone numbers made available to the press including the Dispatch?? Where's the students' privacy rights? This is just not fair! Don't believe me? Call up the Dispatch, and find out yourself!
rebel

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 21, 2010
hodge_podge wrote:
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so rebel if I came to your hypothetical job, went to HR and asked to be given your home address, phone number and email address, you really think an HR person would cheerfully give that over to me?
In the PRIVATE sector NO different animal but it happens all the time...PUBLIC yes that is why a person is called a public employee, they work for the public. They are NOT police, fire or any other essential employee who ACTUALLY face threats daily. THAT is the difference and it isn't hypothetical.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#12 Apr 21, 2010
I'd much rather see teacher's salaries and board members salaries posted. I could care less about where they live or their home number. I'd rather see what we are paying a public employee for providing education.
Engineer

Columbus, OH

#13 Apr 21, 2010
Eardoc wrote:
I'd much rather see teacher's salaries and board members salaries posted. I could care less about where they live or their home number. I'd rather see what we are paying a public employee for providing education.
Eardoc, have you heard of this thing called the internet? It actually has all of that information readily available (go to the ohio department of education site). Teacher salaries continue to be the only public salary that is openly available to the public.
dazedandamused

Reynoldsburg, OH

#14 Apr 21, 2010
Rebel, if you don't think school employees face threats daily, I invite you to come work with us.
Middle School Teacher

Dublin, OH

#15 Apr 21, 2010
Wow there are a few bitter people out there.

Rebel - I don't know what to say except that your an ignorant jack____.

Black-Gold - just to reiterate, OEA has my contact information because I am a member of the organization. If I want to receive information from the Republican Party I will join that organizatin.

Patriot - you make a good point and I would tell you that you are completely within your rights to call your child's school and request that your child's directory information not be released to entities like the Dispatch. You will probably have to fill out a short form so there is a record of the request, but they are required to honor it.
rebel

Columbus, OH

#16 Apr 21, 2010
Middle School Teacher wrote:
Wow there are a few bitter people out there.
Rebel - I don't know what to say except that your an ignorant jack____.
Black-Gold - just to reiterate, OEA has my contact information because I am a member of the organization. If I want to receive information from the Republican Party I will join that organizatin.
Patriot - you make a good point and I would tell you that you are completely within your rights to call your child's school and request that your child's directory information not be released to entities like the Dispatch. You will probably have to fill out a short form so there is a record of the request, but they are required to honor it.
wow, a teacher using profanity, MAYBE that is WHY the children are violent. you have no respect for others, nor do you have TOLERANCE for those who think differently. Teachers are PUBLIC employees and do not need to have their info protected like police. Oh, and if teachers are threatened everyday, where are the police reports? Kept private right?
Get a grip and some self respect.
Befuddled

Dublin, OH

#17 Apr 22, 2010
Rebel, you make a great point while completely missing it at the same time. I do in fact use profanity from time to time when I feel it is warranted as well as a host of other things some people would think make me less than perfect. Like all people I am not perfect, but I am a person and a member of society and as such entitled to the same protection as any other member of the society, not because I need to have my personal information protected, but because I have a right to have it protected. There are a lot of rights that we all enjoy and the fact that someone has decided that we don't NEED them is no reason to give them up. You are also right that I have no tolerance for those who think that their rights (to know everything about a "public" employee) are more important than my rights (to privacy). The courts have decided that in this case, my rights outweigh yours and if you disagree with this, please explain what possible need you could have for my personal information that is important enough to supersede my right to privacy in that part of my life in which I am NOT a "public employee."
Middle School Teacher

Dublin, OH

#18 Apr 22, 2010
Rebel, sorry for the incorrect name on the previous post. Someone else had been using the computer and I failed to notice the default name. In the interest of full disclosure and all.
Mr and Mrs Columbus

Columbus, OH

#19 Apr 22, 2010
My wife is a public school teacher and I am a public sector employee. You may contact my wife or me at our respective work sites. Our employers have web sites and our names are listed with our email address and our phone numbers. We also respond to UPS letters. There is no compelling reason for anyone to know our personal phone numbers or our home address unless we personally give this information to you. If you have concerns about work performance or related matters, please contact us. If you are not satisfied with our responses, you may contact our employers. It is your right and we respect your right to inquire.
Sincerely,
Mr. and Mrs. Columbus
Get Real

United States

#20 Apr 22, 2010
Public sector doesn't mean they suddenly lose all their rights to privacy and become lessor citizens (though some anti-education types apparently think so). It only means they get a paycheck from taxpayers.

The GOP was just trying to make it open season on teachers. If you'd get out more, you'd know that many teachers DO face threats everyday and make very unpopular decisions. Unlike police, they have no line of defense nor can they leave the scene. For some nut case student or parent to have personal information would be dangerous.

If the GOP wants to push its anti-education, anti-association, anti-teacher views on the public, they have plenty of money and big corporations on their side already. I think we get enough of the GOP message.
rebel wrote:
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In the PRIVATE sector NO different animal but it happens all the time...PUBLIC yes that is why a person is called a public employee, they work for the public. They are NOT police, fire or any other essential employee who ACTUALLY face threats daily. THAT is the difference and it isn't hypothetical.

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