Awesome News: North Carolina Public School Teachers Sending Pro-Union Propaganda Home With Kids

As Scott Walker’s experience in Wisconsin taught us, public sector union bosses are the lowest of the low.

In North Carolina, the radical Marxist agitators have stooped to using schoolchildren to disseminate pro-union propaganda.

A line was crossed tonight in Holly Springs, NC by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). A flyer for a planned Teacher “Walk In” was distributed to kids at Holly Ridge Elementary school in their ‘take-home folders’ today. This “Walk In” has been talked about in the media a bit but nothing hit as close to home as this did. This flyer had no business being ferried home by our children…

…The flyer has a website on it: www.Organize2020.com… This is a site affiliated with the NCAE. It is almost purely politics, shows shots of teachers protesting at Moral Monday…

Now go read the mission statement, which ends with this paragraph detailing the point of Organize 2020 — to bring unions into our schools…

The mission statement page concludes with the following timeless plea for more taxpayer cash:

We need hope. We need a union.

Never mind that public sector unions have effectively bankrupted the teachers’ retirement systems in Illinois and California.

Never mind that Detroit more resembles Mogadishu than an American city, thanks in large part to forced unionization.

Never mind all that.

North Carolina’s teachers want a union and if the taxpayers don’t like it, well, **** you.

If you don’t like your kids being used as pawns to promote more failing public schools, well, **** you.

In short: just when you think the Left has hit rock bottom, they break out a jackhammer and start digging a new septic tank.

Hat tip: BadBlue News Service.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Arkansas School District Arms Teachers Because Hiding and Locking the Doors “Is Not a Plan”

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A Clarksville, Arkansas school district, backed by a little-known state law, has begun a rigorous training program so that members of the staff can carry concealed at school.

…more than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees in this town … will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus. After undergoing 53 hours of training, Dougan and other teachers at the school will be considered guards. (source)

Staff members will receive 53 hours of training that is geared towards responding to school shooter scenarios from Nighthawk Custom Training Academy, a private training facility in northwest Arkansas. “That teacher is going to respond to one thing and one thing alone, and that’s someone is in the building either actively or attempting to kill people,” explained Jon Hodoway, director of training for Nighthawk.

The decision to arm teachers has not made everyone happy. One mother, Sherry Wommack, is removing her son from the school. “I think police officers are trained to make those [life and death] decisions, not teachers.” There are other vocal opponents to the decision.

State officials are not blocking Clarksville’s plan, but Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell is opposed to the idea of arming teachers and staff. He prefers to hire law enforcement officers as school resource officers.

There are other dissenters, too. Donna Morey, former president of the Arkansas Education Association, called the idea of arming teachers “awful.” The risk of a student accidentally getting shot or obtaining a gun outweighs any benefits, she said.

“We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon,” Morey said. (source)

According to a report on USA Today, the school will be posted with warnings that armed guards are present, but the armed staff members will not be identified and the weapons will be carried concealed.

In recent years, schools have responded to school shootings like the ones in Columbine and Sandy Hook with various kinds of safety and lockdown drills. Not everyone agrees that this is an acceptable plan, and that is why this Arkansas school district decided to arm members of their staff.

Many parents would agree with what Superintendent David Hopkins said when explaining the decision. “The plan we’ve been given in the past is ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best’. That’s not a plan.”

In the horrible event of a shooter at your child’s school, would you feel better if your child was crouching under a desk or being protected by trained, armed staff members?


Contributed by Kimberly Paxton of www.TheDailySheeple.com.

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis: “Rich White People” to Blame for My Union’s Catastrophic Failures

Guest post by Investors Business Daily

Education: The president of the Chicago Teachers Union charges that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial and educational crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) represent everything that is wrong with public education in America. They are in thrall to the unions that run the system and bankrupt it through bloated salaries and pensions while too many of the students trapped inside graduate as functional illiterates, if they graduate at all.

Poor academic performance generally, a huge budget shortfall and poorly attended schools in declining neighborhoods recently forced CPS to close 49 schools in an attempt to close a $ 1 billion budget gap. But according to CTU President Karen Lewis, the root cause is not the lack of educational competition or the inability to fire or reward teachers on the basis of student academic performance.

In a speech Wednesday before the upscale City Club of Chicago, Lewis asked, “When will we address the fact that rich, white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African-Americans and Latinos — no matter what the parent’s income or education level.”

She decried members of the “status quo, the people who are running the schools and advising the mayor on how to best run our district, know what good education looks like because they have secured it for their own children in well-resourced, public and private institutions.”

As we have noted, the unions run Chicago schools and seek to preserve the status quo of a virtual education monopoly. Lewis has fought the use of any objective analysis of teacher performance despite the fact that just 15% are proficient in reading and that four of 10 CPS students do not graduate from high school.

Lewis is also no fan of charter schools, despite the fact Chicago’s charters regularly outperform their public school cousins. In 2012, nine of the top 10 performers were charter schools based on the ACT scores of their students.

Of course when you mention things like charter schools, liberals like Lewis say they get to cherry-pick their students. Yet some 60% of Chicago charter-school students are minorities and 35% are Hispanic.

Ninety-one percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Doesn’t sound like cherry-picking to us.

School choice and vouchers would seem to be the answer to Lewis’ lament that “rich white people” call the shots while sending their kids out of the system to well-endowed, private schools, like President Obama did.

Obama, who is rich but only half-white, closed the Washington Scholarship Fund that for 17 years had allowed students trapped in D.C. public schools, even worse than Chicago’s, to attend the same private schools as the Washington elites.
Lewis opposes the idea of giving all students vouchers and letting them attend the schools of their choice. In every other area of human endeavor, competition reduces costs and breeds excellence. Parents and students, like other consumers, should be free to reject poor service and take their business elsewhere.

Lewis prefers the statist solution of “investing” through higher taxes on the rich and new taxes on consumers plus financial transfers that would be redistributed to the public schools and the teacher’s unions from those who can afford to leave the city with their kids.

This is not surprising since she is a socialist who has marched with Occupy Wall Street and thinks and “the whole concept of the 99 percent” (vs. the richest one percent) is “an important movement.”

She has earned praise as a “fist-in-the air, crowd-rousing, dynamic union leader” from former Communist Party revolutionary-turned-school-reformer Michael Kronsky Lewis should embrace school choice. If it saves only one child, wouldn’t it be worth it?

Via: Investors Business Daily.

Doug Ross @ Journal