Dear Editor: I don’t think Gov. Walker had women's best interests in mind when he closed Ethan Allen School right after he took office. Everyone lost their job due to the questionable move to close EAS and send Wisconsin’s most serious juvenile offenders to Lincoln Hills School.

There were a lot of women among the EAS staff: teachers, youth counselors, social workers, psychologists, librarian, nurses, medical workers, clerical staff plus the volunteer “grandmas,” who visited the boys. We all signed up to work with a challenging population — Wisconsin’s most serious juvenile male offenders. None of us carried guns.

I was a teacher who loved her job. My students taught me about hope. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a 15-year-old boy learn to read. I miss that. I believe if Scott Walker cared he would have stopped out to visit the EAS staff and kids before shuttering its doors. So, is Scott Walker a friend of mine? No, I never met the man, but my teaching career ended abruptly in 2011 and I know why.

G. McGee

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