Have you seen the video where Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, expresses his strategy to destroy collective bargaining for public employees? Here it is:
The way to destroy unions is to eliminate collective bargaining, which will benefit corporations (who generally support only one side of the aisle). And, it only makes sense. If your interests are to make corporations more powerful and profitable, then paying workers less and reducing their opportunities to vote is a viable strategy.
Get active in your locals to campaign ahead of time. Don’t wait until after a bad election to get active. You might become Ohio or Wisconsin or Idaho.
My “Tip of the Cap” Award goes to the 500+ parents of Snohomish County in Washington State who opted their kids out of the state test.
My “Ignorance Out Loud” Award goes to Mitt Romney whose speech could be summed by saying he blames the teachers’ unions for everything.
The “Sell Out” Award goes to the League of Education Voters (backed/supported by Stand For Children, ALEC, the Broad Group, etc.) who are pushing for charter schools despite Washington State voting them down three times.
The “Just Keep Losing” Award goes to Washington State who has lost another case, this time at the Supreme Court level in the NEWS lawsuit (the state is arguing against education being the “paramount duty…to make ample ample provision for the education of all children” in the state).
I’ve been away for six months. Well, I’ve been away from this blog for six months, and now I’m back!
In these previous months I have:
- completed my National Boards,
- worked on a state committee for student achievement in teacher evaluations,
- become a teacher negotiator, and
- mentored a student-teacher.
Much has happened over the last six months including a new teacher evaluation law, the start of a hugely important gubernatorial race, a passed education budget, and more.
I look forward to writing about these and more as I restart my blog. I hope you’ve had a good school year as June approaches, and I am excited to hear from you too.