Against the wishes of their own membership, teachers’ unions often embody hyper-partisanship. Reiss Becker detailing research on teachers’ unions at the California Policy Center reports that, “in the 2016 election cycle over 93% of union campaign spending went to Democrats.” Many union members are unaware that political spending by their union tends to support liberal [...]
Teacher strikes are illegal in Tennessee. Former mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, an ex-union organizer wrote in a Washington Post editorial “under today’s circumstances, a strike isn’t what we need to improve our schools.”
We encourage our members to register to vote. We encourage them to vote. We encourage them to campaign for the candidates that reflect their values or beliefs. What we will not do is tell them who to vote for in this or any other election.
We can and should discuss the value that assessments can provide. We must also discuss how the emphasis on testing is missing the bigger issue: student academic growth measured by flawed testing. Then the results being used in educator evaluations. This is certainly more problematic to educators than the actual tests themselves.
Testing has taken a wrong turn in public education. JC Bowman of Professional Educators of Tennessee offers solutions for Tennessee.
Teachers unions consistently rank among the top spenders on politics. Their goal is not improved public education, but rather power, money, and influence. Professional Educators of Tennessee, it is simple. We must advance public education without the divisive tribalism of partisan politics.
Race to the Top in Tennessee History. Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, "I was able to get the T.E.A. to accept some things that probably a Republican wouldn’t have gotten done,”
Educators nationally often spend hundreds, or sometimes even thousands of dollars per year on union dues. There are much more cost-effective alternatives, like Professional Educators of Tennessee. That is what makes groups like Professional Educators of Tennessee different. We offer a modern approach to educator representation, legal protection and unmatched educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.
We work year-round as a professional, positive voice focused on uniting educators in support of an exemplary public education for every student in Tennessee. We know vitriol and anger only hurts public education and never solves problems.
The Janus Decision will not create drastic structural changes to unions. It will simply make them more accountable to their own members. And in the case of teacher unions, this greater accountability should focus on making the quality of education front and center, help public education rebuild support from the public for issues like raising teacher pay and school funding, and work for the common good of all students and educators.