Local principal accused of belittling teachers

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
Laney High School principal Dr. Tonia Mason is in the hot seat. It


News12's at 6 o'clock/ Sept. 26, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A local principal is under investigation tonight by the Richmond County School Superintendent.

Laney High School principal Dr. Tonia Mason is in the hot seat. It's basically about representation or what some called unions.

A few Richmond County Teachers are tired of paying dues. Teachers are paying between $40 and $50 every paycheck to the Richmond County Association of Educators.

Administrators too afraid to go on camera tell News 12 they want out, because the organization didn't do enough to fight against nine furlough days and budget cuts.

A letter from the state teachers union accuses Association President Tonia Mason of berating or belittling faculty who don't join her organization. We stopped by Laney High School, where she's principal, to get her side of the of the story but she wasn't there.

Ten or more teachers tried to stop the payroll deduction and were told they missed the deadline. However News 12 did some digging and found that the deadline isn't until the end of Sept. 30.

We called State Association Officials, who sent us this statement stating in part they hate to see any teacher go, but as long as it's in writing they can go.

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