On August 8, 2022 Superintendent Hanna sent an e-mail to all LCS teachers under the subject “Wishing you well in the year to come!” According to reports, the content of the e-mail is the basis for the the Florida Department of Education investigation of Hanna.
The e-mail, provided below, included statements which appear to encourage teachers to ignore recent changes in laws related to education. For example, in one passage, Hanna writes:
“let me be clear about one thing– I will always have your back! I realize this is improper grammar but, “You do You”! Continue to teach the standards just as you have always done and do not worry for one minute about naysayers political and others who are trying to mislead people and control what you can and cannot say in your classroom. If someone wants to come after you they will have to go through us and our attorneys.”
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From: Hanna, Rocky
Sent: Monday, August 8, 2022 3:02 PM
Subject: Wishing you well in the year to come!
As you finish making final preparations for the 2022/2023 school year, I wanted to send you a brief message of thanks, appreciation and support. Over the last two years we have faced many obstacles and challenges yet, working together, we have remained steadfast and strong. The positive, no-quit attitude you demonstrated has served as a beacon for both our students and parents during one of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history. As a former history teacher, I have no doubt that what we were able to accomplish together will be remembered as a defining moment in the long history of our public-school system. For your efforts I could not be more thankful and proud.
It’s hard for me to believe that I am about to enter my 34th year with Leon County Schools. As in years past I find myself both nervous and excited to start another school year. This coming year, however, won’t be without its own set of unique challenges. Unfortunately, over the last year, our schools have become an easy target for politicians looking to advance their own agendas and political careers, which has caused mistrust and fear around public schools and what our teachers are teaching. Having said this, let me be clear about one thing– I will always have your back! I realize this is improper grammar but, “You do You”! Continue to teach the standards just as you have always done and do not worry for one minute about naysayers political and others who are trying to mislead people and control what you can and cannot say in your classroom. If someone wants to come after you they will have to go through us and our attorneys. Whether you are a member of the union or not, you are covered by our professional liability policy. We will advocate for you and we will defend you.
In addition, no matter what some people may try to convince you to believe with misinformation and divisive intentions, I value you more than you will ever know and I have the utmost respect for what you do every single day in your classroom to help our children–your students–succeed in life. Even with the negative distractions, we are in the best profession ever.
I hope each of you have an amazing school year!