President Obama said, “Inequality … distorts our democracy … It gives an outsized voice to the few who can afford the high priced lobbyists … and runs the risk of selling out our democracy to the highest bidder.”
In Wisconsin, the outsized voice belongs to public school employees.
Top spending lobby groups in 2011 were:
1. Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) spent over $2 million.
2. AFSCME Council 11 – $1.2 million spent in Wisconsin.
3. AFSCME International – $694,422 spent in Wisconsin.
4. AT & T Wisconsin – $439,745 spent in Wisconsin.
Why do I oppose teachers’ unions?
Maybe it started many months ago, when our local union president came out on this page and accused Republicans of mean-spiritedness.
Maybe it came about because I read the New York Times calling teachers’ unions “indefensible.”
Or, when the New Yorker said a principal told them the teachers’ union “would protect a dead body in the classroom,” or when the Washington Post said teachers’ unions were “aggressively hidebound.”
Linda Perlstein, editor for the National Education Writers Association, said, “It’s always been hard to get rid of bad teachers, but now, it doesn’t have to be.”
Billionaire and liberal Steve Jobs said, “Until the teachers’ unions are broken, there is almost no hope for education reform.”
Now, Wisconsin school boards have a chance to make changes in our schools. Let’s not waste it.
Doesn’t every kid deserve a great teacher?