After a slight deviation into national politics with a very local flavor at the Hyatt on Old Bayshore, we now return to our regular Burlingame programming. Our U.S. Congresswoman, Jackie Speier, has weighed in with a sort-of show of support for our departing BHS teacher, Mr. Nelson. Her April 11th letter to Mr. Nelson is circulating on-line. It includes these comments from Jackie
It was not in my authority to comment to the district about personnel matters and House members are actually instructed not to become involved in personnel matters involving other agencies. I was sorry to learn that you were unable to remain (ed: at BHS). Your ability to contribute to Burlingame over several decades was obviously highly valued. In an era of widespread cynicism about the effectiveness of public education and public teachers, your example is an antidote to that cynicism. Unfortunately, your example became known beyond the general school community because of circumstances that may lead to additional cynicism. It is a shame.
If someone would parse and translate that last part for me, I would appreciate it. In the meantime, this long running saga noted here and here sounds like it is a done deal. Mr. Nelson will trade in his Panther gear for the Dons.