GIEA members were main distributor of Chaperone survey

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Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 5:22 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - More information is coming to light now on a controversial survey regarding Grand Island Public Schools.

Chaperone founder Jeremy Jensen wrote in a letter to the nine members of the GIPS Board of Education that teachers union acted as the primary distributor of the survey.

GIEA President Michelle Carter said members distributed the survey to fellow members through email and texts, but they did not generate the survey.

The results released Monday were from 211 teachers who completed the survey and were critical of the school board and GIPS Superintendent Tawana Grover.

There are more than 700 teachers employed within the Grand Island Public Schools district.

Grand Island Public Schools released a statement Wednesday afternoon after Jensen pointed out on his Facebook page that more information was going to be released Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Grand Island Public Schools said in its statement that “this survey in question is more political theater that is more interested in chaos than conversation.”

FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

One portion of the GIPS statement states that members of the Grand Island Education Association “do not represent the majority of our teachers nor our staff.“ GIEA president Michelle Carter said Wednesday that the union has nearly 500 members who are teachers in the district.

Carter also said, “I just want our teachers to be heard and they do not always feel supported and don’t feel like they can always speak what their truth is, because they fear that there will be negative consequences. So many times, they just remain silent, and they just leave. We have not had a voice at the table.”