Virginia lecturers union mocked for grammatical errors in COVID-19 letter


A Virginia lecturers union has confronted ridicule on-line after it despatched a letter riddled with grammatical and typographical errors. The union president defined that the union mistakenly revealed a draft, moderately than the finished letter.

“On behalf of the members of the Arlington Training Affiliation, this dire expression lends nice considerations for Arlington Public Colleges (APS) return plan for January third, 2022,” begins the letter, which Arlington Training Affiliation (AEA) President Ingrid Gant despatched to Arlington Public Colleges Superintendent Francisco Duran on Dec. 30, 2021. The letter raised considerations concerning the omicron variant of the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, a extra contagious variant that has unfold quickly all through the U.S.


Ellen Gallery, a homeschooling mom of three who lives within the space, claimed that she and her youngsters had gone by way of the letter, correcting errors. She and her youngsters marked what they recognized as eight errors in that one opening sentence.

AEA letter marked up. Photo credit Ellen Gallery.

AEA letter marked up. Picture credit score Ellen Gallery.

The mom posted an image of the letter with copious corrections, faulting AEA for leaving out phrases, including pointless commas, complicated subject-verb settlement, and extra. 

One offending pair of sentences learn, “The hearth departments in are area are exemplifying domino outbreaks as effectively. APS workers are not any completely different or above this development, but management prepares to ship educators into conditions that may make them sick.” Within the first sentence, Gant used “are” when she clearly meant to put in writing “our.” Gallery and her youngsters instructed “neither completely different nor above” for the second sentence.

“The subsequent few weeks are going to be very difficult and with out the testing capability and mandatory mitigations, it will likely be harmful,” Gant wrote in one other sentence. Gallery corrected “it” to “they,” because the pronoun seems to confer with “the subsequent few weeks.”

AEA letter marked up. Photo credit Ellen Gallery.

AEA letter marked up. Picture credit score Ellen Gallery.

“With the ability to write a transparent, persuasive letter is a elementary ability all college students ought to grasp earlier than highschool,” Gallery instructed Fox Information. “The standard of this writing was so obviously horrible that it distracts from the author’s message.”

On Saturday, the Virginia Training Affiliation – the lecturers union of which AEA is a component – despatched Fox Information a press release from Gant explaining the errors.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has endured far longer than any of us within the Arlington group had anticipated,” the lecturers union president wrote within the assertion. “A draft letter was despatched instead of a completely edited one in a rush to handle the newest problem. Whereas I personally take full accountability for this error, errors in my letter ought to on no account distract from its message: Arlington’s college students and educators are returning to highschool Monday with out adequate testing provides and with a lunch plan that fails to handle the elevated dangers related to the Omicron variant.”

Opponents of the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory protest outside of the Loudoun County School Board headquarters, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S.  June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Opponents of the tutorial doctrine generally known as Crucial Race Concept protest exterior of the Loudoun County College Board headquarters, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S.  June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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Gallery instructed Fox Information that the AEA’s COVID-19 considerations “ought to have been mentioned months in the past, not days earlier than youngsters are supposed to return to highschool. Virginia has been allotted billions of taxpayer {dollars} to make the wanted modifications to permit in-person studying. We have recognized about Omicron for greater than two months. As a homeschooling mother, I do know my youngsters are profoundly lucky that they have not missed a single day of training on account of covid or covid insurance policies.”


“As a taxpayer, a voter, and somebody who believes {that a} good training is an indispensable basis for a satisfying life, I am heartbroken for the scholars in Arlington,” Gallery added. “All youngsters deserve efficient, competent, in-person training. This letter doesn’t encourage confidence that the management of the Arlington Training Affiliation is on their aspect.”

Corey DeAngelis, nationwide director of analysis on the American Federation for Youngsters, praised the Gallerys’ response to the letter as “epic.”

“However the greater challenge is that the lecturers union is signaling help for closing colleges as soon as once more,” he warned. “They need all college students and workers examined earlier than reopening colleges, however that is not the norm for another companies, and the added barrier might have sensible points when it comes to logistics and testing provide.”

“Sufficient is sufficient,” DeAngelis added. “It is time to free households from the clutches of the lecturers unions as soon as and for all. Virginia public colleges spend over $13,000 per pupil per yr. That cash ought to go on to households to allow them to discover options. Many Virginia households felt powerless final faculty yr. Funding college students immediately would guarantee households by no means need to really feel powerless relating to their youngsters’s training ever once more.”

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