by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Guam Federation of Teachers president Matt Rector wasn't a fan of Governor Eddie Calvo's State of the Island Address and his deal to teachers to clean their classrooms and to take on more supervisory roles to watch children when they are in the hallways cafeteria and playgrounds in exchange for raises.
"Think about it," the union president said. "Teachers went to school for four, six, eight years to become professional educators, and now he's telling them they should become custodians and clean toilets. If I was a teacher, I would be incredibly insulted by that. I mean does the governor clean his own toilet in his office? Does he clean his own office? Well, how can he ask professional teachers to do the same when they're busy trying to educate their kids?"
The governor in his address accused union bosses of caring little to nothing for the future of Guam's children.
On a side note, Rector's criminal case continues to move through the Superior Court of Guam - his criminal trial setting scheduled yesterday had to be pushed back because the prosecutor is unable to attend for medical reasons. In February 2010 Rector was arrested by criminal investigation agents with the Guam Police Department on two counts of unsworn falsification. The charges stemmed from his failure to disclose a burglary misdemeanor conviction when he applied for gun and concealed firearms permits with GPD.
Rector also didn't disclose the conviction when he ran for senator and when he applied for a job as a teacher with the Department of Education. In January 2010, Rector resigned from the Guam Legislature. His criminal trial setting was postponed for another two to three weeks.