American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten’s arrest last week for blocking an entrance to a public meeting was seen as a bold move by those seeking to protect the status quo in education.
Her stunt failed, the Philadelphia district closed 23 schools and Weingarten’s union will lose untold numbers of dues payers.
One union activist, retired Illinois teacher Ken Previti, sees Weingarten’s grandstanding as a bold move for “justice.” But he’s urging more:
The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, was arrested for physically blocking the entrance to a Philadelphia School Reform Committee hearing. Civil Disobedience.
A CHALLENGE: Well, if she can go that far, we must demand that our state and local leaders Jaywalk for Education Justice.
All of us must also do the same. Jaywalk.
The president and board members of the National Education Association (NEA). Jaywalk.
The presidents and board members if the state IEA and NEA. Jaywalk.
Members of state and local teacher unions and associations have complained for years about the too-little-too-late behavior of their leadership, so they must form smaller, local groups to Jaywalk. Jaywalk Groups.
Jaywalk: Teachers. Parents. Official and unofficial, active and retired, scheduled and spontaneous groups all need to Jaywalk with a purpose. Jaywalk.
Jaywalk. School closings? Jaywalk. Teacher pension raiding? Jaywalk. High stakes testing for children? Jaywalk. Unfair teacher accountability methods? Jaywalk. Unfair school funding? Jaywalk for Justice. Jaywalk for Education. Jaywalk for Fairness.
Weingarten called the Committee edicts for school closings immoral. “When the powers that be ignore you and dismiss you, then you don’t have any choice but to try to resort to civil disobedience to try to confront an immoral act,” she clearly states.
If teachers and parents can Jaywalk, why not include ALL the public employees who are having war waged against them, their jobs and their benefits?
We Are One – America? Jaywalk. We Are One Illinois? Jaywalk. We Are One Florida? Jaywalk. We Are One Each and Every State? Jaywalk.