May 16, 2016
Madeloni Wins, Gets $9.2 Million to Fight Charters. Barbara Madeloni was reelected president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association on Saturday. In keeping with her nebulous employment status, her margin of victory was either great or small, depending on your perspective.
Madeloni received 805 votes, widely outdistancing Janet Anderson’s 479 and Tim Sullivan’s 291. However, both Anderson and Sullivan were anti-Madeloni candidates, so she cleared the majority threshold and avoided a runoff by only 35 votes.
That was crucial, and the vice presidential results show why. On the first ballot, Madeloni’s running mate, Merrie Najimy, received 703 votes, while opponents Eric Champy and Michael Shannon received 613 and 249 votes, respectively. This forced a runoff, with Shannon throwing his support behind Champy.
Inexplicably, 354 delegates failed to cast ballots in the runoff, which Champy won, 629 to 595.
The upshot is that Madeloni remains president, with an opponent as vice president, and without majority support on the union’s executive committee and board of directors. This will make for some interesting dynamics going forward, because the MTA delegates also approved a $9.2 million expenditure of dues to oppose a proposed ballot initiative to lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the state.
“This is going to be the definition of a grass-roots movement,” Madeloni told the Boston Globe.
Recent Intercepts. EIA’s daily blog, Intercepts, covered these topics May 10-16:
* How Hedge Fund Billionaires Profit. Identifying the greedy.
* Bounced by Both NEAs! Michael Butera reemerges, only to disappear again.
* CTA Takes Over Lynwood Teachers Association. “Democratic procedures” not being followed?
* Written in Stone. Writing about teachers’ unions while on pain meds is the only way to do it.
* Tennessee Education Association’s Finances. Heading to new (old) digs.
Quote of the Week. “We feel it’s a parent’s right to choose.” – Becky Pringle, vice president of the National Education Association, explaining the union’s position on opting-out of standardized testing. What else did you think she was talking about? (May 9 Frederick News-Post)