As I tried to demonstrate yesterday, even though the results of the election were bad overall for teachers’ unions, they had some big victories, too. But the most worried union presidents seem to be from the two states where teachers’ unions had their best day – California and Massachusetts.
The California Teachers Association dropped a ton of money to support a ballot initiative with no organized opposition, won the return of bilingual education, and achieved super-majorities in the legislature. What is there to worry about?
Well, it seems some of those new Democratic legislators were backed by charter school supporters, defeating candidates backed by CTA. (California has a “top-two” primary system.) CTA president Eric Heins called this “dangerous,” presumably because some special interest group might end up controlling education in the state.
Meanwhile on the other coast, Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni, straight off her expensive but successful effort to keep the state’s cap on charter schools, wants to leverage her victory into organizing “standouts” next Tuesday. Sit-ins are too Sixties, apparently.
Madeloni told her members to “declare your buildings and campuses safe spaces,” adding it was “a time to push past rules and bureaucracies that limit our ability to show and live our compassion.”
“Push past rules and bureaucracies?” Maybe Trump has found himself a new candidate for Secretary of Education.