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DISCLAIMER: I am a proud member of the Indiana State Teachers Association. I am not, however, speaking for it in any official capacity here.

TEACHERS: GOV. DANIELS SPEECH WAS A "SLAP IN THE FACE"

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana's NewsCenter met with area teachers after they watched Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels' State of the State Address.

More than half of the Daniels' 30 minute speech centered on education.

. . . One teacher's initial reaction was the speech was "slap in the face" to her decades of hard work.

This hasn't gotten much media play nationally, but I think it's worth knowing about. Thanks for reading.

Unless you've been living in a Gulf of Mexico oil slick for the last six months, you're probably aware that in the GOP's ongoing struggle to destroy what was once quaintly known as the middle class, the latest gambit has been to blame any and all of everything that goes wrong on public sector unions, regardless of evidence.

Well New York City isn't the only place where this is going on. Here in the Midwest, we find Governor Mitch Daniels and the state's GOP-controlled legislature going rather bananas all over the Indiana State Teachers' Association. And unlike the trumped up "work stoppage" charges that look like they'll never go anywhere in New York, and have only made the jagbag who came up with the story look stupid, Governor Mitch and his buddies down in the Hoosier State appear quite likely to succeed in their attempts to deal a death-blow to a union. Here's what the GOP has dreamed up in a their fevered brains for the good teachers in my old home state.

House Bill 1337 contains provisions that would . . .

   * allow annual evaluations to be conducted by other teachers or contracted outside agencies
   * eliminate the ability of a local associations to bargain or discuss the evaluation tool  
   * restrict collective bargaining agreements to wages and wage related benefits
   * ban the bargaining of contractual hours or number of days worked.

Wow. That's pretty draconian, considering that all of these are things that unions here have been bargaining over for years.  This guy sure seems to hate him some union teachers.

The Senate Version of this bill, SB 575, is similar. . .  a long list of things that are stricken from bargaining. Both of these bills have passed out of committee. Quite simply, what they're trying to do is put strict limits over what the union can actually negotiate, and it's wages and wage-related benefits, and THAT'S IT. Everything else has been pulled unilaterally "off the table." That's not negotiating, that's dictating. Under these new laws, members of the teachers unions would have no recourse regarding termination, no say in the length of their work week, no say at all in ANYTHING outside of wages. But wait, it gets better . . .  meaning worse.

Governor Mitch, whose administration, by the way, slashed education by $300,000,000.00 last year (that's $300 million if you don't like counting zeroes) has also been going around promoting charter schools like they're the new cure for our supposedly "failing" schools. There precious little evidence that your average charter school does any better than standard public education. Charter schools are far more likely to be non-union than public school, though. As an added bonus, charter schools, because they are generally selective, get to exclude lower-performing students.  

The Governor believes, quite whole-heartedly, in fact, that public school systems should GIVE AWAY unused buildings to charter schools.  From SchoolsMatter.org

"If any school district in this state is sitting on perfectly useful school buildings that it isn't using and doesn't have any prospect of needing, people say, 'Well, they should have to sell them. They refuse to sell them; they should have to sell them'," Daniels said. "Sell them? Hell, they should give them away. The public already paid for them once."

How's that for a smart business maneuver from this supposedly business-minded Governor?-giving a way public property for free!?

So to go over the checklist:

  1. Gut the teachers unions right to bargain? Check.
  1. Strengthen non-union schools that have proven to do better than public schools approximately 17% of the time? Check.
  1. Funnel public money to private entities that are actually less accountable to the general public? Check.
  1. Further starve public schools and dump them with students who struggle? Check.

Yep, this angry wind continues to roar across the prairie toward union teachers and public education in Indiana, generally. But you guessed it, there's more.

In his State of the State speech recently, Mitch Daniels proposed vouchers that would take public tax money and give it to private schools in the name of "school choice." In many cases that money would go to his fundamentalist friends, who run the burgeoning number of "Christian academies" that are springing up all over the country. This proposal brought a glowing review from the fine minds at the Heritage Foundation, who claimed that Daniels had "put the Hoosier State on the school choice map."

What happens to public school districts and public school teachers all across Indiana, which are already on hard times financially, and which will inevitably be tasked with educating those who don't want to attend John Q. Associate's Degree's** Fundamentalist School of Christian Light and Dismissing Evolution; or those just don't get lucky enough to have a voucher? Well they'll just have to make due with less . . .

In Indiana, Contact Your Reps

It can't just be the unions fighting these attacks on public schools and public school unions. Everyone has got to fight back against this. We simply cannot let this stand unchallenged, or the Mitch Model for destroying public education swill be repeated in many other locations.

And this guy's thinking about being President?

Originally posted to daveinchi's World on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:00 PM PST.

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    •  Thanks for this (6+ / 0-)

      I used to work in a school district here in Indiana. I do not miss it.

      Daniels will destroy what is left of a already failing system.

      When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt

      by IndyRobin on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:04:19 PM PST

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    •  Same shit in Ohio (2+ / 0-)
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      gailwax, 207wickedgood

      Quite simply, the Republicans want to demolish educational opportunities for anyone who isn't rich. Gov. Kasich here in all about charter schools – not a surprise considering that for-profit charters pretty much own all the Republican politicians in Ohio. But I don't see him enrolling his little twin princesses in a White Hat charter school. In fact, the reason he isn't moving into the governor's mansion and is thereby costing the taxpayers millions more in security is so the princesses can stay in their exclusive private school.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:06:11 PM PST

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  •  If I were a teacher in that environment... (5+ / 0-)

    I'd simply quit. There's only so much you can put up with.

    "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson

    by davewill on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:10:41 PM PST

  •  Thanks for this diary... (3+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, JanL, Lujane

    I actually learned something.

    Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

    by JoesGarage on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:11:13 PM PST

  •  For the second time, I got that "message" from (7+ / 0-)

    Bennett talking about the "myths vs facts" in the Education proposal.  The fact they have to keep sending this out and pleading for support tells me more than any policy choices could.

    And with the bulk of education PROFESSORS against him for REPA, as well as the decision to shift funding to a source that has considerably less money, well, it becomes clearer and clearer that Republicans want an ignorant and uneducated public so that they can quietly take over all power and no one will be the wiser.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:12:27 PM PST

  •  For all non Indiana people, here is (5+ / 0-)

    the desperation of the State government.  I've received this letter at least TWICE in the past year.

    Dear Educator,

    Last week, an email from Brenda Pike, Executive Director of the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), was distributed widely to Indiana's educators regarding the 2011 "Putting Students First" education agenda. Pike's claims in the email are entirely inaccurate and are either the result of substantial misunderstanding or a concerted effort to mislead our state's educators with emotionally driven scare tactics.  Similar messages from Uniserv Directors Carol Mooney (New Albany) and Rich Frankhouser (Indianapolis) were equally inaccurate and deserve rebuttal.

    Every proposal included in the "Putting Students First" agenda aims to benefit children and to support and recognize Indiana's great teachers and school leaders.  An honest analysis of these legislative proposals reveals Indiana's professional, hard-working educators have nothing to fear from our legislative package.

    As promised, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) takes seriously its responsibility to keep you informed on these issues.  While we addressed some of these items in a January 4 email message to you following my meeting with ISTA President Nate Schnellenberger where he agreed to be as helpful as possible in dispelling myths regarding the legislation, it seems prudent to reiterate some of the points made in that message and address some additional misinformation being disseminated by the ISTA. To that end, the following paragraphs walk you through Ms. Pike's false claims and spell out the truth about "Putting Students First."

    MYTH: The education agenda calls for pay based on student test scores.

    FACT: Senate Bill 1 calls for locally developed teacher and principal evaluations that consider multiple factors. While one of those factors must be a data component, local leaders will determine what data should be used (e.g. student growth data, data from teacher-developed assessments, other student performance data, etc.).  Besides the data component, local evaluations should consider students' needs, teachers' level of responsibility and teachers' experience. The legislation supports local schools as centers of innovation by allowing them to craft the best evaluation tools for the students in their communities. The bill also calls for locals to use these evaluations to offer meaningful feedback to all educators, develop targeted professional development, inform promotion and placement decisions, and create salary scales based on more than just seniority and degrees held. While IDOE will develop a model evaluation rubric, tool and plan, as well as a model salary scale, THE STATE WILL NOT MANDATE THE USE OF ANY OF THESE MODELS.  Depending on what is best for the individual school communities, school corporations may develop their own or may adopt the models.

    MYTH: The education agenda calls for the elimination of due process for teachers.

    FACT: Our legislative agenda DOES NOT CALL FOR THE ELIMINATION OF DUE PROCESS FOR TEACHERS. Instead, we seek due process for teachers that mirrors current due process for principals. Administrators must be able to prove a teacher's incompetence with documented ineffective evaluation ratings in multiple years despite serious attempts to improve through professional development. The higher a teacher's licensing status, the more ineffective ratings it will take to remove a teacher from the classroom. Teachers must be notified of non-renewal and then have the right to a conference with the local superintendent and the school board to present their cases with representation. If the school board rules in favor of a teacher during due process, that teacher will receive full back pay.

    MYTH: The education agenda calls for the elimination of collective bargaining for teachers.

    FACT: This statement is completely false. IDOE has not advocated for the repeal of collective bargaining rights, and our legislative agenda does not include language that calls for the elimination of collective bargaining rights. To be clear, our agenda does aim to focus collective bargaining agreements between school corporations and teachers unions on salaries and wage-related benefits - and we believe this will help ensure Indiana's great teachers are getting paid what they deserve to get paid. This step is meant to clear the bureaucratic underbrush that causes teacher contracts to get bogged down on unnecessary items such as the size of the bulletin boards in teachers' lounges. However, teachers' representatives can still negotiate these items with the school board to be included as part of district policy.

    MYTH: The agenda calls for the elimination of teachers' rights as educators and as workers, as well as the elimination of teachers' voices from issues of concern.

    FACT: This statement could not be further from the truth.  In fact, our agenda will ensure Indiana's teachers are better supported, better recognized and better rewarded for their considerable efforts as professionals in the classroom. "Putting Students First" calls for system-wide accountability. That means our principals and superintendents will be held rigorously accountable for supporting their teachers, treating them fairly, developing their skills and driving student performance. We understand no matter how great our teachers are, they sometimes feel held back and unfairly treated by local administrators. The legislation IDOE supports calls for locally-developed principal evaluations that are just as rigorous as teachers' evaluations.  Moreover, by making the teaching profession more about achieving results with students based on their individual needs rather than seniority and degrees held, teachers will have more freedom to negotiate their pay and promote their best skills.

    As a final point, there is much concern about proposals that would allow education funding in traditional public schools to follow students to non-government schools with need-based scholarships. As Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction, I strongly believe my duty is to protect and provide the best education possible to every Hoosier child - not to protect school buildings. If a student's needs can be better met in a non-government school, that student should be able to take a portion of his education money wherever he is best served. This happens today when parents choose to send their children to schools outside of their home districts - the education dollars follow the children.

    The "Putting Students First" agenda lets our local schools lead the way. Instead of the state mandating one evaluation tool or one salary scale, Indiana's agenda recognizes our local educators know what's best for their students. Our role is to ensure quality and promote what works. We will do this with transparent, strict accountability at every level and with targeted support and guardrails to help locals create the best policies for their students.

    Please visit the department's "Putting Students First" webpage at www.doe.in.gov/puttingstudentsfirst for details on legislative proposals supported by IDOE, draft model teacher and principal rubrics, Q & A documents, and a myth v. fact analysis.

    Thank you for all you do to prepare Indiana's children for the future!  Also, thank you once again for taking the time to review this information yourself.  As always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me at superintendent@doe.in.gov.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Tony Bennett

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:17:19 PM PST

  •  A bleak picture. (4+ / 0-)
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    Good luck trying to battle this; I don't envy you the challenge.

    One thing about charters, though. You state:

    As an added bonus, charter schools, because they are generally selective, get to exclude lower-performing students.  

    This is untrue. Most often, charters run according to a lottery system and don't exclude anyone -- except, of course, those who don't win the lottery.

    The problems you are facing are severe; I do sympathize. But don't automatically dismiss charters as the enemy. There is much that many charters do right -- community (parent, student, and teacher) involvement, focus on academics, and providing a needed alternative in some communities -- that is invaluable.

    "We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it." -- Willy Wonka

    by Huginn and Muninn on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:21:29 PM PST

    •  Not true. (1+ / 0-)
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      Rich in PA

      Find a charter that takes special needs students, or those with learning disabilities. Many use grades to determine who gains entry.

      The right backs charters for one reason only: as a mechanism to drain funding from public schools and their unionized workforces.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:53:51 PM PST

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      •  Nope, sorry. (1+ / 0-)
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        Justanothernyer

        Our local charter takes physically handicapped, autistic, and learning-disabled (e.g. dyslexic) students. There were no grade qualifications or other requirements, other than that the student reside in the district.

        This is not an isolated instance -- I know of such "open" charters in at least 15 other states (through parent networking).

        So your blanket assertion is incorrect. As I said before, don't dismiss charters, as many make extremely valuable contributions to the communities they serve.

        "We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it." -- Willy Wonka

        by Huginn and Muninn on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:09:16 PM PST

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        •  You are making a blanket statement (1+ / 0-)
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          based on "our local charter," like, ONE? In Ohio, a huge number of charters are failing. They have taken our money and run. On the average they do less well than public schools. And since they are almost all serving poorer students (no parent in a wealthy suburb would dream of sending their kids to these places, but then, THEIR schools aren't failing), they tend to serve the cream of that population – the ones with mothers motivated and knowledgeable enough to shop around for options or desperate enough for their kids to try something else. And yes, they absolutely do cherry pick.

          Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

          by anastasia p on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:12:36 PM PST

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          •  Sigh. (1+ / 0-)
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            Justanothernyer

            Read what I wrote. No, I'm not making a blanket statement based on one school. My local charter is one of many (dozens) in our state that a) accepts only via lottery; b) has no requirements other than district residency; and c) accepts both physically- and learning-disabled students. And this charter is actually the highest-performing public school in our area.

            The poster challenged me to "Find a charter that takes special needs students" -- so I did just that. And, as I noted, this school (and all the others like it throughout the state) has peers in at least 15 other states (that I am aware of, via parent and school networking). So it is hardly a singular case.

            Yes, some charters are failures. Ohio sounds like a disaster area. But there are also successes that can be embraced.

            "We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it." -- Willy Wonka

            by Huginn and Muninn on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:33:32 PM PST

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            •  Define success. (1+ / 0-)
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              Getting rid of public school unions? Draining funds from traditional schools?

              They succeed in that respect, but the data shows that overall, they are of questionable value. I prefer to fix the existing system.

              "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

              by happy camper on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:48:11 PM PST

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              •  Success? (1+ / 0-)
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                How about a dropout rate of less than 2%?
                How about 100% of graduates going on to a four-year college or university?
                How about outperforming the entire area on state and Advanced Placement exams?

                The kids who go there love it.
                There are seven applications for every spot in the school.
                They have a long waiting list of teachers who want to teach there. The teachers are the most committed and passionate I have ever seen.

                The kids, parents, and teachers work together to create a strong community and outstanding learning environment. Other schools are starting to use this school as a model. So this charter is helping to fix the existing system.

                Success? I think so.

                "We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it." -- Willy Wonka

                by Huginn and Muninn on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 06:09:31 PM PST

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        •  We can argue (1+ / 0-)
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          about that, but this much

          The right backs charters for one reason only: as a mechanism to drain funding from public schools and their unionized workforces.

          is very true. Attacking and destroying unions is one of their top priorities.

          Look how congressional Republicans acted during the auto crisis. They were ready to destroy an entire industry and let the economy lose millions of jobs to break the UAW.

          If you think these people care about education, think again.

          "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

          by happy camper on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:40:30 PM PST

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    •  Very few charters are that popular. (1+ / 0-)
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      Most charters have room for everyone who's interested, and they resort to under-the-table signaling to ward off higher-cost and higher-trouble students.

      APSCU is the trade group of diploma mills that rip off students and the government.

      by Rich in PA on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:08:12 PM PST

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    •  Most charters are NOT run by lottery system (3+ / 0-)
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      You've gone to too many screenings of "Waiting for Superman."

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:10:20 PM PST

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    •  It is often said (0+ / 0-)

      that the charter schools quietly counsel out the lower performing students.  

    •  Charter schools vary widely . . . (0+ / 0-)

      . . . from locality to locality. In Indiana, and many other places, most charter schools are selective, only taking the students they want, academically and behaviorally.

    •  Hard to make generalizations... (0+ / 0-)

      ...about any schools, conventional public or charter.  However, a 2009 study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University found:

      While the report recognized a robust national demand for more charter schools from parents and local communities, it found that 17 percent of charter schools reported academic gains that were significantly better than traditional public schools, while 37 percent of charter schools showed gains that were worse than their traditional public school counterparts, with 46 percent of charter schools demonstrating no significant difference.
      NEW STANFORD REPORT FINDS SERIOUS QUALITY CHALLENGE IN NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL SECTOR (pdf)

      There are certianly charter schools that perform admirably, just as there are public schools that perform admirably, but on balance, at least based on the CREDO findings, their performance lags behind conventional public schools.

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

      by dsteffen on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 08:13:55 PM PST

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  •  Stand strong, brother (9+ / 0-)

    The edu-haters launched a major assault in Colorado last year, and the good guys (and students) lost bad.  In our case, it was an overhaul of the "tenure" and evaluation systems, introduced by the most dangerous sort of enemy we face: a DINO whizkid with no experience (literally - the guy never attended a public institution at any time in his educational career) but a big chip on his shoulder as far as "unions" were concerned.  

    For the price of making more attractive Colorado's 2nd-round application for Race to the Trough funds, teachers here will see our pay tied to student performance on standardized tests, our districts exploit their new ability to "displace" (and thus fire, given the new rules) teachers at will, and our principals become virtually autonomous in their ability to staff their buildings.  The bill passed with the votes of the entire Republican bloc and a handful of "Democratic" backstabbers, but did we get the money?  Hell no - guess the price our souls could fetch wasn't all that high, after all.

    Stand strong, brother - they mean to destroy us this time, and if it means destroying public education and a couple of generations of our nation's kids to do it, they don't much care.  They hate us that much.  Our resolve has to be just as strong - something that was lost on the Colorado Education Association's leadership, to the woe of us all.

    visit History for Kossacks, or risk not knowing what happened.

    by Unitary Moonbat on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:33:54 PM PST

  •  Ohio here...so sorry :( (2+ / 0-)
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    It appears we are IN FOR IT...the long battle to take away everything that has been fought for in unions of all types. I think our gov. is watching your gov. - not that it will help much, but stay strong and hopeful if you can. Not too many of our new teachers would like to go back to cleaning the room, starting the fire in the fireplace, observing a curfew set by the community, or taking chicken in lieu of a salary.  ;)
    Undermining almost 100 years of laws with regard to public service workers will be slow going...I hope. And that, my dear, is about all I have - parents in my urban district are appalled and upset, it seems they actually get that we are working hard for their kids and don't yet know how to organize themselves around that worry.
    I have a mere 7 years until I am 62 and probably not able to work effectively in a classroom. I have had a helluva good time teaching and I have old students who track me down even now, so it has been rewarding.
    New teachers, however...best of luck to you if you are called to teach.

    Think what you are doing today. -Fred Rogers

    by JanL on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:56:39 PM PST

    •  No one is called to teach anymore (5+ / 0-)

      I hardly ever run into a young person interested in teaching. The more they demonize teachers, the fewer will consider it. It's telling that 80 percent of the highly praised "Teach for America" kids are gone from the profession after five years. No smart young person looks at this as a lifetime calling anymore.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:15:12 PM PST

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  •  Legal Question (3+ / 0-)
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    Are they really allowed to take terms and conditions of work off of the table for collective bargaining?

  •  I think the bill is myopic in another way (2+ / 0-)
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    All of those noneconomic benefits that teachers enjoy, in terms of relative autonomy in their work and relative freedom from evaluation, were in lieu of economic benefits.  If you subject teachers to the same discipline as educated professionals outside of education suffer through, you're going to have to pay them accordingly or, over time, you'll have uneducated unprofessionals in teaching.

    APSCU is the trade group of diploma mills that rip off students and the government.

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:07:10 PM PST

  •  In WA. We Got Bill F'ing Gates Astro-Turfing (4+ / 0-)

    Deform all over the place.

    Aside from the League of Education Voters bringing in the TFA head, Wendy Ivy Rich-Consultant-Person on 2 March, aside from Stand on Children pushing a phake evaluation system (Rodney Tom, a chameleon ex-thug pushing SB 5539), the Alliance for Education and the Partnership For Learning pushing reformist crappola ...

    http://saveseattleschools.blogspot.c...

    the Superintendent of Seattle WAS on the Broad Foundation Board of Directors (those spellings are correct)

    which is just another part of the Billionaires Boys Club, as Diane Ravitch call them.

    Don't get me too wrong - the WEA is seriously seriously incompetent fighting these people - at some point you gotta stop blaming the victim and ask when the hell they're gonna do something more than pee their diapers and whine.

    (I'm a teacher in Seattle.)

    Good Luck Indiana.

    These right wingers are NOT people we disagree with - I'm a Red Sox fan, and I disagree with Yankee fans - these right wingers are OPPONENTS who want us all to have the opportunity to be doormats, butt kissers, back scratchers, cannon fodder and serfs. Treating the righties  - AND their Democratic toadies like Arne Duncan - as people with disagree with, instead of treating them as OPPONENTS who need to be completely beaten at the ballot box, means we're already on the way to losing.

    In case you're bored ... ;)

    here are 2 OUTSTANDING Seattle Blogs fighting for public education. Our union should be paying these citizens for the work their doing on behalf of the state's kids.

    http://saveseattleschools.blogspot.com

    seattleducation2010.wordpress.com

    GOOD LUCK FROM SEATTLE.

    rmm.

    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:24:21 PM PST

  •  Daniels and Bennet have systematically worked to (0+ / 0-)

    gut public school in Indiana for years.  They have so weakened them that little energy is left to fight.  Indiana has dropped from good, strong performance rating to rate lower than Misssissippi during Daniels tenure.

    To the rest of America.  PAY ATTENTION. Mitch Daniels wants to run for President on the Republican ticket. What Daniels has done to the schools is repeated in other areas of the state. He has been deceptive at every turn.  While the rest of the nation  is beginning to recover with their economy, Daniels is still lying about job initiatives. Don't let this man come off as the "sensible choice" to teaparty candidates.  

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