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Teacher Unions Are the Darth Vader of Public School Systems

We called your attention last week to the fact that Chicago Mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson, one of the teacher union’s organizers, has raised more than 90% of his campaign money from the union and its members.

In Los Angeles, more than half a million students will see their schools locked shut this week as the union representing school support staff conducts a walkout. Cecily Myart-Cruz, the head of the LA teachers union, says her members will join the strike in solidarity. She is best known for boasting about her power during the pandemic: “You can recall the governor. You can recall the school board. But how are you going to recall me?”

Meanwhile, teacher unions in Massachusetts are demanding the legislature give them the right to strike and end the use of standardized tests as a graduation requirement.  Maura Healey, the state’s new Democratic governor is pushing back: “Every day when I see kids out of school because of a strike, my heart just breaks because kids have been through enough in terms of learning loss and the like.”

You would think the unions – who were the ones who shutdown schools during Covid – would get that.

Can we PLEASE stop pretending that teacher unions care about kids???  The late Al Shanker, the head of the United Federation of Teachers, once admitted “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren.”

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