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Friday, March 18, 2011

Why Are Teachers Sporting NEA Buttons for School Board Candidates at Parent Teacher Conferences?

Retiring NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin tells it like it is and why the NEA is effective: "It is not because we care about children...it's because we have power." The NEA exists to advance the education employees. It's not about the children. The NEA's primary purpose is to protect employee rights and collective bargaining. Watch the video here.

Then read the following report from a Missouri watchdog about parent teacher conferences in the Rockwood School District and the NEA buttons teachers were wearing at those conferences. When teachers tell you "it's all about the children"...you might want to refer them to the video. And why are teachers wearing buttons for specific candidates? After watching the video, I would be hardpressed to vote for ANY school board candidate endorsed by the NEA. It obviously could give a whit about students, and any candidate who courts its endorsement should be avoided at all costs.

Here's the report from the Rockwood Parent Teacher conferences:

Last night, my family had a date-night. We all went to my childrens' elementary school in the Rockwood School District for the Book Fair and Parent-Teacher Conferences. What was usually one of my favorite nights (because I get to hear how wonderful my kids are, and am offered new ways to challenge them), quickly raised eyebrows, as I noticed a badge ALL of the teachers were prominently sporting. Every one of the teachers was wearing a badge that encouraged parents to vote for 3 of the 6 current candidates for Rockwood's School Board. Wish I had thought to get a picture, or interview the teachers on who these Candidates were and why we should vote for them. I sat there, instead of listening to how awesome my child was, I sat there thinking, "Is this the purpose of a Parent-Teacher Conference? I mean, really, to subconsciously endorse Candidates via buttons via NEA backed union teachers who probably don't even know the Candidates' first names?"

For the record, these badges did actually have "NEA" written along the side, and in a clever acronym, KiDS, endorsed Keith Kinder for "K', used little human figures for the "i", Matt Doell for "D" and Steve Smith for "S". So I did a little research into Rockwood NEA, and if this doesn't frighten you http://www.rnea.org/gen.html I don't know what will. These 3 Candidates have all accepted money from the NEA (in fact all but one current Candidate, Mike Geller, have accepted money from the NEA), and by their biographies, I do not see ANY advocacy for the children. . .which is who I thought the Board was supposed to be. Checks and balances don't seem to work so well when you stack the deck with the people who are the heart of the problem. . .mind you, they are getting PAID OFF for it as well.

So, in my conclusion on the shameful subconscious plug situation, I will be casting but ONE vote for Rockwood School Board of Directors (there is logic behind that-- under-voting increases the power of your vote). I will be voting for Mike Geller, the only candidate who rejected money from the self-proclaimed "progressive group of teachers", who just so happens to be the only Candidate who seems to be in this for his children, and not some sort of political aspiration! Rockwood NEA, your cute little plan seems to have back-fired on you!


  1. This problem was addressed in the last part of HB 628 - it's too bad it wasn't part of a more reasonable proposal! It should have been addressed years ago.

    "No teacher shall take part in the management of a campaign for the election or defeat of members of a board of education by which he or she is employed. Any teacher who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to termination of his or her employment by the district with the right of a hearing as heretofore provided."

  2. From the RNEA web site: "Contrary to popular myth the RNEA does not support and defend poor teachers. The organization does however provide and encourage continual teacher development while securing do process for its members." REALLY? "DO" process?? How about "due" process?


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