First it was New Jersey, then Michigan. Now Ohio is the latest state to show situations where teacher union officials and Presidents would cover up teacher abuses and not report it. But so many have been telling me the guy in NJ was a solo act. Uh-huh..
As I projected when I started writing about these videos last Friday, I would lose friends. Folks would be mad at me. If someone wants to blow a friendship over this they were never a friend to begin with. Folks seem perfectly okay with trying to downplay this because it is Project Veritas. Sorry, if there is blood in the water does it really matter how someone found it?
When a union President explains that he has protected teachers in a physical abuse against students 80 times in his career, over an eight-year time span, that is very alarming. But let’s continue to blame Project Veritas for getting this news out.
To date, neither the Delaware State Education Association or the National Education Association has issued press releases disavowing this type of activity of union activity around the country. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia seems to think students should feel safe in school in regards to school shootings but she is silent on the issue of these videos. A bit of a pickle you are in right about now Lily. This is starting to remind me of the Catholic priests scandal. How widespread are these issues? How many more videos have to come out before the NEA says something?
“Every child has the right to feel safe and be safe at school, and every parent has the right to know their neighborhood schools are safe places to send their children.” -Lily Eskelsen Garcia
So I will challenge the Delaware State Education Association and their local affiliates to answer this question: Have you ever protected a teacher in a physical or sexual abuse situation and not reported it to the proper authorities or the school? Have you ever turned a situation where a student was made out to be an aggressor when you knew it was the teacher?
Project Veritas released a video on May 2nd about a teacher union president that clearly shows him admitting the union will lie and manipulate to protect a teacher in a student abuse situation. The responses from the union president are shocking. Even more shocking are the responses from the Delaware State Education Association and the National Education Association to help members deal with this video. I am putting the video up which you can see below.
Currently, no Delaware charter school teachers belong to any organized teacher unions. As a result, the charter school leaders are able to do whatever they want with teachers and due process is a bit of a joke. This could all change if charter school teachers join the union. I have seen many a charter school teacher fired for no reason other than they disagree with something a charter leader says. Boom! Just like that!
Last night, Red Clay Educators Association President Mike Matthews posted the following on Facebook:
Fascinating story of the day: In our Know Your Contract training today, the always wonderful Laura Rowe provided the attached state law regarding sick leave. We had some good discussion on this topic.
Totally UNRELATED to this morning’s training, I received three messages from charter school teachers who told me that they were told that they can take no more than seven sick days per year and that “the charter trumps state law.” From THREE different sources with the SAME story.
Wanna know their names? No way. My lips are sealed. You see why charter school teachers deserve some due process protections by the union? Constant. State. Of. Fear.
My suggestion to those charter teachers? Your school is breaking the law. Your fellow teachers must band together and take a stand. Solidarity. Strength in numbers. Let’s start organizing now. My number is 302-547-4774.
And any of you charter school leaders reading this who THINK you know who talks to me and you want to try and intimidate them? Think again. Ever since those two op-eds I wrote in The News Journal were published last year, teachers at a dozen charter schools have been regularly coming to me sharing horror stories just like this.
And he posted the following pictures:
When are charter school leaders and boards going to realize they don’t rule the universe? Just because you have a charter doesn’t mean you are immune to state laws and regulations. Charter school teachers deserve the same protection as regular traditional school district teachers. I don’t care what my stance is on charter schools in general, teachers are teachers no matter where you teach. What say you Delaware? Is this something you can get behind? I would love to hear from charter school teachers on this as well, and despite my post last week about a certain employee in the Townsend building, all communications or comments on this blog are confidential unless you play games with me over a long period of time!