Here are dozens of scathing comments from teachers in response to an NEA propaganda piece claiming widespread support for Common Core among it’s membership . The original post that generated the irate commentary is included . Below are several examples of the teacher’s ire .
” I am die-hard union, through and through. But THIS is exactly why unions are fading from the United States. Union leaders are incredibly out of touch with their rank and file members. They have been in leadership positions for so long, they have absolutely no clue what their members’ priorities and needs are. Sadly, NEA leaders are also so consumed with having a “seat at the table” that they are willing to sell not only their own souls, but the souls or their members and the students they serve as well. There is absolutely NO research that supports standards – any standards – as a method to increase student learning. There is absolutely NO research that supports the use of standardized testing – as a method to increase student learning. Our country is severely underfunding education and now spends millions and millions of those scarce resources on implementing standards and giving standardized tests. The premise that “standards” will equalize things for our student living in poverty is an incredibly laughable one. We’ve had “standards” for more than a decade. The inequities between students have INCREASED since the introduction of standards, and that is exactly what educated, logical people would expect to happen. I am disgusted with my union and an’t believe that now I not only have to fight anti-worker forces and anti-public education forces… but I also have to fight my union. NEA does NOT speak for me or any other teacher I know, on this issue and sadly, on many others too.”
” “An NEA poll conducted in July by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that 75 percent of its members—teachers and education support professionals —supported the standards outright or supported “with reservations.”
Make up your data-mind. Is it “roughly two-thirds” or “75%”? And why did you leave out that only 26% of the 1200 surveyed ‘fully support’ CC$$.
WOW!!! You just turned 312 teachers into “MOST NEA MEMBERS”
After this Gates backed and funded fluff-piece of crap, that’s about all the members you will have left.
Oops. . . . looks like the union busting is working. . . from the top down “
deeply saddened says:
” As if it wasn’t enough of a disappointment/slap-in-the-face that President Obama threw kids and teachers under the bus, now our own union has done it as well. Apparently, nothing IS sacred and NEA does NOT represent its membership. Way to sellout???? “
Rand Paul: You’ll Bail Out Detroit ‘Over My Dead Body’
” Why would Mr. Paul be so against another bailout? Hmm, maybe because we don’t have the money. That kind of stuff matters to some of us.
His final piece of advice:
“You don’t set up an implicit promise from the federal government that everybody is getting bailed out,” Paul said. “It’s sort of like too big to fail for banks. If you have too big to fail for cities or for states and they believe they’ll be bailed out they’ll continue to make unwise decisions.
“So, really, the answer is, just like the federal government, live within your means and spend what you have but don’t spend money you don’t have. The problem is so many of our state governments, the politicians are being elected by the public service unions. “
Detroit not alone under mountain of long-term debt
” Detroit may be alone among the nation’s biggest cities in terms of filing for bankruptcy, but it is far from the only city being crushed by a roiling mountain of long-term debt.
At the heart of Detroit’s problem is a growing unfunded debt on benefits owed to current and future retirees — some $3.5 billion, according to its emergency manager, Kevyn Orr — which mirrors a circumstance being seen across the U.S.
From Baltimore to Los Angeles, and many points in between, municipalities are increasingly confronted with how to pay for these massive promises. The Pew Center for the States, in Washington, estimated states’ public pension plans across the U.S. were underfunded by a whopping $1.4 trillion in 2010.”
” A top Michigan Democrat is looking to President Obama to deliver retribution to Republicans after the GOP-dominated state legislature approved a package of bills that could make this stronghold of union power the nation’s 24th right-to-work state as early as next week. “
How is holding up funding for “necessary” PUBLIC works punishing only Republicans ?
By it’s very nature , if a project is for the ” public good ” doesn’t that make it something that transcends political affiliations ?
But that is the way of the left , isn’t it ? It takes a hammer to fix a watch.
“ Hostess Brands Inc., maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, said today it would shut down three of its factories, firing 627 workers, as a wave of strikes hit its plants across the country.
About two-thirds of its plants are being picketed by almost 6,000 union workers upset at a new contract; Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn says worse it to come if the strike doesn’t end. From the WSJ’s Rachael Feintzeig:
Mr. Rayburn said Monday afternoon that Hostess is permanently shutting down plants in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati as a result of the work stoppage, and 627 jobs will be lost. “We don’t have the manpower to maintain them during the strike,” he said.
He also said that the company didn’t have much more wiggle room in terms of shutting down additional plants and that the next step would probably be a complete shutdown.
That sounds pretty serious — except we’ve heard something similar before. Here’s Mr Rayburn back in late September, setting the scene for votes by the company’s two biggest unions on new labor deals:
The chief executive of Hostess Brands Inc. said the troubled maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will immediately liquidate if union members don’t sign on to the final labor deal it has offered them.”
Update : Hostess Sets Deadline To Strikers: Thursday, 5 p.m, Or It’s Over
… show Obama administration’s deep involvement in Delphi pension scandal
” Internal Treasury Department documents described as
“highly confidential” and obtained by The Daily Caller
show a greater level of involvement in the Delphi
pension scandal from senior officials in the Obama
administration than has been previously acknowledged.
A July 2009 document prepared by the Pension Benefit
Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) titled “Treasury Talking
Points re: Delphi” shows coordination between high-level
players inside the PBGC and Treasury Department. The
document was an attachment to a July 7, 2009 email from
PBGC’s Joseph House to Treasury’s Matthew Feldman,
Oren Haker and Paul Nathanson.
The talking points show that the PBGC thought the “[v]ast
majority of individual’s [sic] covered by Delphi [pension]
Plans” were “career GM ‘brethren’ distinguishable only
by the 1999 spin-out” of Delphi from its former parent
company, General Motors.
Only those “brethren” who were union members,
however, saw their pensions preserved in the 2009 auto
bailout. Nonunion Delphi retirees lost theirs. (RELATED:
TheDC’s complete coverage of the Delphi pension
Posted by John Galt
” Thoughts on night three of the
” Barack Obama went into this convention essentially tied with Mitt Romney. Most voters want to think well of whoever is president but most voters dislike the current economy and disapprove of his economic policies. In these
circumstances I thought and think he needs a pivot, an indication of what new goals he would seek in a second term. We didn’t get that at this convention. Bill Clinton dramatically made the argument that no one–not even Bill Clinton–
could have done better. This will be credible to many voters, but probably not to some current
“General Motors is halting, for a month, the manufacture of its well-known Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car.
Automotive News, citing unnamed sources, reports the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will suspend production from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15.
Leaders of the UAW told the plant’s 1,500 union workers about the scheduled downtime last week, the source said.
It would be the second interruption in production for the Volt, which can go 38 miles on battery power before needing a recharge from its gasoline engine. GM late Monday disputed published reports that the move is because of slow Volt sales. GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, way up from the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.”
“Former union boss at Occupy event: Our goal is to ‘overthrow the capitalist system and build communism’ [VIDEO]“
“Former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689 president Mike Golash, now an “Occupy” movement organizer, was caught on tape Sunday revealing his political goals: overthrowing capitalism in the United States and
instituting a communist government.
“Progressive labor is a revolutionary communist
organization,” Golash said during an Occupy DC “People’s Assembly” on August 19 .”
Video at the link .
In ”Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team.”
More evasion , lies and deceit from our most open and transparent administration . These people make Nixon look like a choir boy .
“Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have again asked the Obama administration to provide all copies of work-related emails that were written or received on personal email accounts, after their 2011 request was met with no reply from the White House.
Republicans have argued since last year that despite the Obama administration’s pledge to be open and transparent, many White House
officials are using personal email to conduct work, and are even holding meetings outside government buildings to avoid disclosure of some of this work. They particularly noted that
Messina was known to use his personal email when working with labor union representatives
when the White House was working to pass the 2010 healthcare law.”