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Dump Riordan

Governor Schwarzenegger needs to dump State Education Secretary Richard Riordan for telling an 8-year-old her name meant “stupid dirty girl.” His “apology” is not enough. He is leading an organization that should care for our state’s young people. However, he demonstrated he isn’t fit for the job.

The teachers in our state will not be able to look to him as a leader. The parents of our children cannot have any confidence in our education system with him at the top. He cannot be effective in his job after this crude and cruel remark. I am neither a teacher nor parent of children in the education system, but I am a resident and voter of this great state and want it to be better.

Riordan’s words to this young girl, who obviously is very proud her name – which means “Egyptian goddess” – and wanted to share it with an important person, cannot be shrugged off as “joking.”



Riordan should not be an important person anymore. Write the governor and ask him to dump Riordan. We don’t need him leading the state’s education system.

Ronald B. Saladino




Penn Valley


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