As parents, alums, students, and friends of Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, we support our Teachers and Staff. We are grateful for their professionalism and expertise, and the extraordinary education and support they provide our children. San Francisco Catholic High Schools have long been recognized for setting the highest academic standards, and for cultivating discerning hearts and minds, with an emphasis on inquiry, study, and service. Inclusivity, the open exchange of ideas, compassion, human dignity and the Common Good have been hallmarks of Catholic education. The exposure to different perspectives has been an invaluable part of the learning process, allowing our children to discover their own authentic beliefs and values, while respecting the diversity in our schools, our city and our world.
Thus, we cannot in good conscience support language that sows fear, 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.
We, the undersigned, call upon San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone to withdraw his proposed changes to the Teachers Contract, and to withdraw the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook.