The mail-in vote for officers of the Clark County Education Association continues until February 23 and the campaign is heating up. The main issue, of course, is the future of the local union’s relationship with the Nevada State Education Association and the National Education Association.
The incumbent slate wants to sever ties with the state and national unions, while the challengers – the Clark County Educators for Change – want to remain. The future of the 10,000-member union hangs in the balance, so both sides are pulling out all the stops.
The incumbents recently accused NSEA and NEA of interfering in the election:
NEA and NSEA want to replace current leadership and Executive Board members with people who oppose CCEA’s Local Control. Every member has a right to vote and should not be harassed or pressured into voting for someone. CCEA has received multiple calls from members who have complained about NSEA, NEA and ESEA people coming to their school, calling them, texting them, emailing them, and coming to their home. It is clear this is a concerted effort to influence the election and is highly inappropriate and very unethical for NEA to engage in.
Not to be outdone, the challengers accused the incumbents of colluding with an even more powerful force… me.
CCEA has teamed up with several anti-public education, pro-reform groups and individuals, including Mike Antonucci of EIAOnline. Mr. Antonucci was the recipient of an award from the National Right to Work Committee, an organization that wants to abolish Teachers Unions.
Well, there are several things wrong with those two sentences, but let’s begin with the one thing they got right, since they lifted it off my web site: I did receive the Carol Applegate Education Award from the National Right to Work Committee in 2004. I am proud of it. Carol Applegate was a Michigan teacher who was fired when she refused to join NEA. Since Nevada teachers already enjoy the freedom to join or not join, it doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.
I object to the notion that CCEA and I have “teamed up” over anything. I don’t know and have not communicated with any of the incumbent officers. I have reported on the Clark County situation as I have done with any number of similar beefs between locals and state affiliates in the past.
I informed Clark County Educators for Change that they could characterize my views however they wished but their “team up” claim was false. I asked them to remove it from their campaign material. They did not reply nor did they remove it. They did, however, add this to a Facebook post:
Because we believe in #Integrity and we believe that spreading untruths about people, even unintentionally, is simply not OK, we would like to correct the information we shared last night. Ms. Courtney has been out of the classroom for 6 years, not 10 as stated in the photo below. We sincerely apologize for this misrepresentation of fact. -CCE4Change
I will continue to scrutinize and report on whichever slate wins the CCEA election, though I admit I will have higher expectations of the people who believe so much in integrity that they hashtag it.