We are concerned students and parents from the San Francisco Archdiocesan high schools.
We oppose Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's proposed changes to the teachers' contract and faculty handbook. His proposal would reclassify all teachers as "ministers," which would diminish their legal workplace protections. The proposal would also contain language in the faculty handbook that includes morality clauses and governs private behavior.
We cannot in good conscience support language that sows fear, and creates division and discrimination. We cannot in good conscience accept language which is harmful to our children and their teachers, and threatens our school community. We cannot in good conscience accept language that:
• Labels members of our community as “gravely evil.”
• Implies that members of our community are ill-conceived.
• Undermines the free exchange of ideas.
• Intrudes into the private lives of teachers and strips them of their legal rights.