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Teachers’ Unions Make Far-Left Political Agendas Conditional for School Reopening

Teachers’ Unions Make Far-Left Political Agendas Conditional for School Reopening

But it’s For The Children™, right?

In case there was any question as to how teacher’s unions are responding to our kids being displaced from school… The Durham Association of Educators in North Carolina is using the pandemic school closures as opportunity to make political demands.

Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon reports:

Just days after the Durham Association of Educators (DAE) issued a statement railing against the school district’s reopening plan, Durham Public Schools voted unanimously to hold all classes virtually for at least the first nine weeks of the school year. Included in the DAE statement was a call to adopt a variety of far-left policy goals before holding in-person classes, including Medicare for All and “direct income support regardless of immigration status.”

“There are concrete policies that have permitted other countries to flatten the curve and return to public life: moratoriums on rent and mortgage, universal health care, direct income support regardless of immigration status,” the statement reads. “We must fight together, collectively, for changes that will permit our communities to thrive during this pandemic and beyond.”

The union’s statement also calls for a full shutdown of the state, saying “until that is done, remote learning should remain the default.”

The district did not respond to a request for comment.

The 2020-2021 school year has become a hot-button issue in recent weeks amid an aggressive push from President Donald Trump to reopen campuses. On July 8, he threatened to cut federal funding for schools that fail to reopen in the fall, sparking pushback from teachers’ unions at the local, state, and national levels.

In California, the United Teachers of Los Angeles have an even lengthier list of demands. From Capital Research:

Conveniently, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), the teachers union in Los Angeles Unified School District, has all but admitted this—minus favorable reference to the missing-presumed-dead Hoffa. In a report titled “Same Storm but Different Boats,” the union demands, among other things:

  • $250 million in extra taxpayer funding for Los Angeles schools,
  • An additional $500 billion in federal funding,
  • Government-run Medicare for All,
  • A wealth tax,
  • An increase in the California state income tax,
  • Defunding the police,
  • A ban on new charter schools, and
  • Public benefits for illegal immigrants as part of the plan to reopen schools.

But it’s For The Children™, right?


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Thank goodness for homeschooling, sixteen years. No regrets. Now, it is pure relief that we homeschooled.

    gibbie in reply to herm2416. | July 23, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for blessing your children!

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to gibbie. | July 24, 2020 at 2:59 am

      People all across the nation are now saying this is the perfect opportunity to end all Government funding of Education, K through Ph.D, from the federal government to the state government to local counties and cities.

      Conservative should never let a Democrat Party crime wave go and not be turned back on to the Democrat Party Criminal perpetrators.

        Government funding of education is problematic because he who pays the piper calls the tune, and the payer can change with every election. However, there are some mechanisms of government funded school choice which are better than others.

        The Florida “Step Up” scholarship program is pretty good, but some Christian schools will not accept it. Reasons include additional bureaucracy and paperwork, and the possibility that the school and parents will become dependent on state funding and then the state may change the rules and destroy the school. The Democrats hate it and are constantly trying to limit or destroy it.

        Our current system of government PROVISION of education is unacceptable for many reasons.

        There is no perfect solution, but we can do better.

        As the philosopher said, “Stupid is, as stupid does.”

    PODKen in reply to herm2416. | July 23, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Eventually even woke parents will home school … and then the home schooling experiment will end …

    JusticeDelivered in reply to herm2416. | July 23, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    $250 million in extra taxpayer funding for Los Angeles schools,(Waste of money, NO)
    An additional $500 billion in federal funding,(Another waste of money, NO)
    Government-run Medicare for All,(Hell NO)
    A wealth tax,
    An increase in the California state income tax,(Ca taxes already job killing high, NO)
    Defunding the police,(Stupid idea, Hell NO)
    A ban on new charter schools, and (Ban on public schools, Hell NO)
    Public benefits for illegal immigrants as part of the plan to reopen schools. Two free bulles for each illegal, Hell-Hell NO

Trump needs to advertise these demands nationwide, so people can see why their kids lives are being destroyed.

    PODKen in reply to JOHN B. | July 23, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Unfortunately half to population agrees with those demands …

      DaveGinOly in reply to PODKen. | July 24, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Great! Now all that needs to be done is authorizing school boards and city governments the power to meet all the demands!

      Seriously, these unions seem to think they’re dealing directly with Congress. They’re negotiating with entities that don’t even have the authority to discuss what they’re demanding from them.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to JOHN B. | July 23, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    1) How about forcing districts to refund money which taxpayers are paying as long as school is not operational.

    When teaching is remote, a 50% refund would be in order.

    Teacher pay should be reduced typical tele-teaching rates. Administrators should be slashed to one, lay off the rest.

    2) We should probably end public schools as they exist now. They are worse than dysfunctional, in that they are doing long term damage to our children and grandchildren.

    3) The whole school system is in large part a waste of money.

    J. Maccabee in reply to JOHN B. | July 24, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Herr Drumpf is an imbecile but, it is easy to see how he appeals to your lot of ignoramuses.

How about “No. The schools are reopening, and if you don’t commit now to show up you’re voiding your contract and we’ll hire someone else to replace you.”

    alaskabob in reply to Milhouse. | July 23, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    That would be great… except for the fellow travelers in the mayor’s office.

    Kids are much less likely to both catch and spread this virus. Safest group to be around for Wuhan is children.

    Anchovy in reply to Milhouse. | July 23, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Kind of like go all air traffic controllers over their asses!

      J. Maccabee in reply to Anchovy. | July 24, 2020 at 11:46 pm

      Yeah, that sure worked for all PATCO members and their families who were middle class victims of the vulture capitalist plutocrats who owned the Amiable Dolt in the White House who asserted that trees caused pollution. They sure got what they deserved trying to protect their fellow Americans who flew around American airspace from those vulture capitalists’ greed above safety principles, sorta like those Morton Thiokol s.o.b.s who directed the launch of the Challenger Shuttle and sent seven courageous (even one teacher!) to their deaths by ignoring the engineer’s expert, science-based opinion.

      By the way, have you noticed how your real income has stagnated since The Great Prevaricator’s reign of error really accelerated the wealth gap favoring them 1%er plutocrats who own Congress today?

    SDN in reply to Milhouse. | July 23, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Of course, the governors would have to be willing to say that. Cuomo, Gruesome Newsome, etc. won’t.

Delaying school , wearing masks and all the other protocols are retarding the development of the childrens immune systems.

They need to stay in their lane – education.

screw them and their unions. most should not be allowed to teach due to low intelligence

Remember how Reagan handled the Air Traffic Controllers? Let’s do this.

    SDN in reply to rdmdawg. | July 23, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Apples and oranges. The air traffic controllers were direct FedGov employees.

    Teachers aren’t. Teachers are school district / state employees. The President can’t directly fire them, and since the SCOTUS 1969 decision on impoundments, the portion of the Federal budget Congress has designated for education must be spent. There’s a certain amount that’s “at the Secretary’s discretion”, and that can be redirected away from schools that aren’t opening, but it still has to be spent.

      rdmdawg in reply to SDN. | July 24, 2020 at 10:10 am

      I wasn’t suggesting Trump fire them, I was suggesting whoever was in charge of firing teachers go and fire them. I love how you include details of laws and regulations designed to tell the American People ‘FUCK YOU, you have no control of this at all’. Tyranny by bureaucracy indeed.

      J. Maccabee in reply to SDN. | July 24, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      Sure, that’s the ticket! Divert the money to religious schools in violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution!

2smartforlibs | July 23, 2020 at 6:26 pm

Since your all teachers, what are you if your an included plane wrapped helically around an axis?

Only Big Bang Theory fans can answer that one!

“Teacher’s Union demands …” is kind of funny at least the unions I’m familiar through my wife who is a retired public school teacher had no more bargaining power than a country club or co-op …

But please, take your demands to the streets – picket – make fools of yourselves – and I hope you get the Reagan air-traffic-controller treatment …

It was strange to see construction crews working on our local high school last spring and this summer, while school was suspended … and with talk of no in-person classes in the fall. One way to fight back would be the suspension of any/all school improvement bonds – no reason to build / improve / maintain buildings and campuses if they aren’t going to be used. Seems like taxpayers ought be able to bring suit against such bonds / levies.

    Dathurtz in reply to MrE. | July 23, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Same. Even if I was a member of a teaxher’s union, that union would be powerless here. About the only political clout we have is a yearly battle to keep the police/firefighters from raiding our retirement after they foolishly depleted theirs.

      A significant portion of my career dealt with DoD acquisition, contracts and audits. So when my wife who had seniority was RIF’d I scoured the teacher’s contract and took it up with the union rep. After dismissing me because “you’re not in education”, the rep said he’d talk to the school principal who RIF’d my wife to get his interpretation of the plain language requirement I had identified.

      About the time I ‘loaded for bear’ with intent of fighting the school, I sensed God telling us to “accept the wrong” as He had something better for us. It was hard seeing her come home from school every day heart-broken to be leaving the kids she loved. We took it on the chin and the next school year found ourselves in a better community and earning more towards retirement than the school that RIF’d her. So much so it let her retire a couple years earlier than would have been possible at the other school. Still I really had trouble stomaching the spinelessness of their union in the matter.

    J. Maccabee in reply to MrE. | July 24, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Why take to the streets, when they’re doing such a splendid job of making fools of themselves just staying home and watching NASCAR while downing a 12-pack of Budweiser, which they think is beer.

These people infesting our schools are sick f**ks, and need to be purged.

I would NEVER send one of my kids to a public school. Home-school them: it’s cheaper than private school, and your kids won’t be poisoned.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 23, 2020 at 7:40 pm

“Get to work or, you’re fired.”

How’s that?

    J. Maccabee in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | July 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    You actually recorded the stupid “reality” shows of the Grifter In Chief/Lyin’ King and have been binge-watching them while chugging your Budweiser 12-pack, right?

At his news conference today, Trump said that the shutdowns have put students 35% behind in Reading and 50% behind in Math. Whatever that actually means, I wonder how parents would react if the elephant in the room were to be discussed – either their schools have no standards or their (grammar school) child is in danger of repeating a grade with any more of this nearly worthless distance learning.

    Andy in reply to jb4. | July 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I know parents are bitching about it and all kids learn at different rates.

    We finished the school day in about 90 minutes and more learning takes place. Our kid is not THAT smart, but the majority of the school day and school year is wasted in industrial admin milieu. From about the 4th grade on, I skipped school regularly. CPS was called several times on me in High School as to the effects of my grades (which were A’s and top 5% of the class). I’m not that smart either, schools just don’t teach a high level AND/OR they make learning harder than it needs to be by pummeling kids into compliance with this/that learning methods rather than focusing on the end result.

    So the loss of public school for us- aside from the slap in the face for half our tax bill, is really just social interaction.

    For all the faults of Germany, my peers in college who came from there were light years ahead in math and science. Our 100-200 level engineering courses for math/physics and chemistry were all a complete rehash of what they learned in High School.

      gibbie in reply to Andy. | July 24, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      “We finished the school day in about 90 minutes and more learning takes place.” The public schools are as efficient as a government bureaucracy.

      “So the loss of public school for us- aside from the slap in the face for half our tax bill, is really just social interaction.”

      “Education by peer group” is often not a good thing. There are plenty of opportunities for social interaction apart from schools.

So we’ll be getting a refund on our school taxes soon?
I’ve been voting against every school millage for years because it’s usually couched as for the children but in reality it’s for the retirements of teachers.
Maybe if the parents have more than one child and only one computer they’ll finally quit voting yes for those millages until sanity returns.
Don’t be on it though.

Why not insist on sitting out until Trump is no longer president? Or hey, just hold a gun to the kid’s heads and say “fulfill my demands or each kid get’s it.”

History and time have proven McCarthy correct ,the result Communists teaching our children.

    A Punk Named Yunk in reply to jmccandles. | July 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I have been privately commenting, within family political discussions, that we need to restore the “House Committee on Un-American Activities” but it should be headed by an emotionally stable chairman with a thicker skin than McCarthy had. I believe those hearings were after the first generation of the incursion of the “Frankfurt School”. This was a group of [self-styled] intellectuals who had to flee Germany in the late 1930’s, primarily because they were communist advocates AKA Useful idiots (and some for additional reasons).

    I’ve seen clips of Mr. Welch’s “Have you no decency?” response to McCarthy’s brutal questioning style. I wonder if Kamela Harris learned from watching McCarthy’s hearings how to trap your target, however innocent, into inadvertently incriminating himself. But Welch made a point that had the public [in the gallery] applauding. Clearly, McCarthy was not a popular person.

    So how do we get a likable chairman, who is not on a witch-hunt, to uncover the lefties in government and teaching positions?

    BTW, as I understand it, Arthur Miller wrote “The Crucible” as an analog to the hearings. And the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” appeared about the same time, perhaps a year later. Same idea – Anyone you know might be a Communist, or a witch or a pod creature.

    J. Maccabee in reply to jmccandles. | July 25, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Sounds like you were educated by the Posse Comitatus idiots.

Does the US have a school ranking system (on a per school basis) based on academic outcome? I know the UK does and it is important to most parents. Might reduce some or most of this nonsense.

Another example of how the public sector unions are obstacles to progress. The union leadership has decided to make demands that have zero to do with representation of the employment aspects of their membership.

If the membership doesn’t agree, they should resign from the union, cross the pickit line this fall. Please show us where you stand teachers, with parents or with unrealistic and irrelevant demands?

When Americans, especially health care providers, need COVID-19 tests and PPE, the Lyin’ King’s regime in the White House has obviously been delivering an abundance of stupid pills to the Republiconartist base, which has gobbled them up at a record pace.

Works for me. Keep the schools closed forever! We don’t need the indoctrination centers. They can teach remotely, sell all the schools and properties and school buses. Think of all the money we’ll save, all the fuel we’ll save and all the carbon footprint we can reduce. Do it for the children!

The Teachers’ Union is holding the children hostage until their ransom letter and demands are met. They should be treated as criminals and hostage takers, and dealt with accordingly.
It’s about the kids is the biggest joke that the UTLA could ever say about their position. I guess none of them are science teachers but if they are then I wouldn’t want them to “teach” my child anything.

I hope every parent remembers this come election time and how the Left is screwing them and their children.