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Dear Mike Fleury,

I enjoyed your rant about the school board (Reality Bites, June 8). As a substitute teacher, I've had a few myself. I just wanted to point out that the survey didn't "request teachers to anonymously disclose their sexual orientation." It was not anonymous at all, and that was the problem. The part that was mandatory was our name, employee number and signature. The other questions, if we answered them, would be put into some sort of database with our names. These are questions that they aren't allowed to ask at a job interview. Substitute teachers will have many interviews before we are permanent teachers, so basically they aren't asking these questions IN an interview, they're asking them BEFORE an interview. This information would be in the system somewhere, and it's not convincing that interviewers wouldn't be able to stumble across it when accessing our file. I'm not any sort of minority—ethnically or sexually—but that's not the point. The teachers who are bisexual or homosexual shouldn't have to field this sort of thing alone. As a sub hoping to find a permanent teaching position some day, I didn't feel like I could protest to the school board. I filled out the mandatory identification and left the ethnic, disability and sexual questions blank.

By E. Hasselman

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