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Are the teacher’s unions wearing out their welcome??


Earlier in the week, we talked about a group of parents in Compton, CA who finally got fed up with the lousy school their kids were forced to go to by the educators and union leaders who are sure they are smarter than parents. They took advantage of a new law that gave these parents the right to swap out their current “public” school for a charter school. And, the California Teachers Association was up in arms.

Well, yesterday it seems that one of the chief toadys who’s been rolling over for “public employee” unions, especially the CTA, made a really interesting statement.

In a Sacramento address to state leaders, Villaraigosa — himself a longtime teachers union employee before launching a career in public office — declared that education in Los Angeles stands at “a critical crossroads,” and he assailed United Teachers Los Angeles for resisting change.

During the last five years, the mayor said, union leaders have stood as “one unwavering roadblock to reform.” He called for change in contentious areas such as tenure, teacher evaluations and seniority

Let’s be clear. Villaraigosa is no Tea Party Patriot. He’s an open borders, union accommodating Marxist who is in lockstep with RexO™. He’s a lefty’s lefty. If he’s laying down a marker on the union, there’s something going on, and it could be big.

I certainly hope so, public employee unions are not only the financial death of government, teacher’s unions in particular are the most onerous. Their work rules are the difference between decent schools and the bombed-out skeletons that pass for a place to educate your kids that exist in every city in the US. And when I say “bombed-out” I’m not talking about the physical plant, I’m talking about the curriculum, the administration and the teachers who fail year after year to actually give the children in the US an education that is useful in a competitive marketplace. Instead, we continue to see schools give diplomas to kids that can’t read or do simple math and are basically not qualified for an entry level job in the real world.

So, I say, Go get ’em Anthony!

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  1. Art Chance
    December 11, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Since I can’t recommend it at the Site Which Shall Not Be Named, I came over here to tell you it is a good piece. As I’ve said before though, the deal with teachers’ unions isn’t the contracts and the workrules, which tend to be nothing special in the unionized world other than the extra bite at the apple that they get in the courts because of tenure. The real issue is what teachers’ unions do in their political role; they own practically every school board in the Country and they vett the SD’s management. It doesn’t matter what the contract says, if the management’s labor policy is, “ask the union what they want.”

  2. earlgrey
    December 12, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Hi Art. I remember you from another site.

    I was just yesterday at my county republican party Christmas Celebration and our recently elected Republican mayor was emphasizing that we need to get the electorate engaged in school board elections to improve accountability. That was just yesterday, and I thought I would tie into what you just said.

    • Art Chance
      December 13, 2010 at 9:36 am

      Yeah, I’m not on that other site anymore since I don’t subscribe to the notion that the “R” stands for Redneck rather than Republican. Several of the consistent posters and even some of the front pagers have a lot more ego than they have reason to have it.

      It is a serious problem on the right; many conservatives/Republicans are so anti-government that they simply refuse to learn anything about government. In terms of our daily lives and the long-term health of the Republic, school boards and boards of regents are more important than the Congress. Both school boards and boards of regents are pretty much the exclusive province of teacher and other public employee unions and are leftist to the core. And we sit around and have philosophical discussions about why our children have so little knowledge of American history and most of what they know is wrong.

      • December 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

        Art, you’re always welcome here and I’m proud to have you as a reader and a commenter. If you’d like to be a contributor, drop me an email.

      • Earlgrey
        December 14, 2010 at 7:40 am

        Yeah Art. I knew there was some conflict during your departure. I still like that site and learn a lot. I agree that some of the frequent posters are not very open minded. Being conservative doesn’t mean you can’t listen to other ideas.

  3. Art Chance
    December 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you for the welcome. Flip me a PM, I’ve lost your email address. Best regards, Art

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