“If (the public) understood what was happening with education to their children, there would be an outrage in this city,” Cuomo said. “I’m telling you, they would take City Hall down brick by brick... Cuomo referred to the teacher unions and the entrenched education establishment as an “industry” that is more interested in protecting the rights of its members than improving the system for the kids it is supposed to be serving.
ALBANY — A passionate Gov. Cuomo upped his war with the teacher unions on Thursday, charging that they represent themselves — not the students... He said he openly disagreed with a teacher union member who said he represents the students. “No, you don’t,” Cuomo said he told the person. “You represent the teachers. Teacher salaries, teacher pensions, teacher tenure, teacher vacation rights. I respect that. But don’t say you represent the students.”
Gonzo journalist James O’Keefe has done it again, stinging YFT officials into helping a “teacher” who admitted he hit a student, used a racial epithet and fled to Mexico.
His hidden cameras caught Puleo and another union official advising fraud and violations of workplace rules to a man they thought was a teacher who’d hit a student. O’Keefe’s video confirmed what many already know — and the late United Federation of Teachers leader Al Shanker acknowledged, “I don’t represent children. I represent teachers.” -NY Post Editorial Board
Union, Violence, Government, Oops, Education, Video, Assault
The Yonkers Public Schools has filed disciplinary charges against two teacher union leaders caught on video offering advice on covering up alleged child abuse, city officials said... The 17-minute video shot by Project Veritas, a nonprofit that investigates corruption, has two of its representatives — impersonating a teacher and a friend — seeking advice from Diamond and Puleo on avoiding disciplinary charges for allegedly hitting a child at an unnamed school...
Shortly after the video became public, Yonkers schools Superintendent Edwin Quezada said he was "appalled" by it.
Liberal, Union, Incompetence, Oops, Education
"This school is an oasis," then-New York City teachers union boss Randi Weingarten told The New York Sun in 2005, while sitting in a classroom at a brand new charter school in Brooklyn run by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Why would the teachers union open a charter? To prove that these publicly funded, privately operated schools could be staffed by unionized teachers and be highly successful...
A decade later, the union is closing the school. Capital New York has the details: [T]he U.F.T. charter has consistently been one of the lowest performing schools—charter or otherwise—in the city and has received stern warnings from its authorizer, the SUNY Charter School Institute, about its viability... documented instability in leadership, low test scores particularly in middle school grades, lack of resources and disciplinary issues.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Union, Character, Funny, Oops, Education, Demagoguery, Greed
Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union president now considering whether to run for mayor, has frequently railed against the influence of the wealthy. “Why do people of wealth and privilege try to convince the world they have neither?” she said on Twitter last year. “Be honest that you don’t have a clue about poverty.”...
But she makes more than $200,000 a year and has an ownership interest in three homes, records show. That includes vacation homes in Hawaii and in the upscale “Harbor Country” area of southwestern Michigan...
Hate, Union, Violence, Government, Character, Threats, Education
Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!” The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight. “I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers’!” Mulgrew threatened.
The Chicago Teachers Union has also been quite interested in promulgating unionism in order to teach children "social" skills. In 2012 the CTU helped sponsor a socialist program for teachers to learn about "social justice" and in 2013 an active member of the CTU appeared at a rally in downtown Chicago to urge violent revolution unless the city bows to the CTU's demands. -Warner Todd Huston
Crime, Union, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Financial
The Locust Valley Central School District wants a former music teacher who used students for his sexual satisfaction to reimburse his earnings for the last three years, but union officials are fighting the case on his behalf... The teacher pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child after he admitted to forcing young students to play games that involved touching him inappropriately through his clothes.
Liberal, Union, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Education, Waste, Corruption, Jobs
In New York City public schools, more than 1,000 teachers who have lost their teaching positions still receive their salaries. According to a new agreement between the teachers union and the NYC department of education, they are even getting a raise and retroactive pay...
Several years ago, New York schools received much attention regarding their “rubber room” policy. Reassignment centers, otherwise known as “rubber rooms,” were places where the city sent teachers accused of incompetence or misconduct... Administrators abolished rubber rooms in 2010, but “the ATR is a little bit like the holdover of the rubber room,” said Daniel DiSalvo, Manhattan Institute senior fellow.
Union, Government, Incompetence, Education, Law
Nine California students have launched a lawsuit against the state, arguing that current law and entrenched practices they see as pro-union actually short-change the poor and the minority communities on their education... The plaintiffs argue that too many communities in the state aren’t living up to basic education standards, which they say is partly the fault of state laws that protect teachers and are driven by the unions. The California Teachers Association is opposing the suit, Watchdog reported.
The Machine: The Truth Behind Teachers Unions
Crime, Union, Government, Sex, Degeneracy, Education, Convict
The Michigan Education Association is going to arbitration to try to force the West Branch-Rose City school district to pay a former teacher who was convicted of molesting a student a $10,000 severance buyout... Neal Erickson, a former math teacher at Rose City Middle School, was convicted this summer of raping a young student over three years, from 2006 to 2009, and sentenced to 15-30 years in prison.
Teacher unions have made it all but impossible to fire bad teachers. Colleges of education are an “industry of mediocrity” that churns out ill prepared and underqualified teachers, the National Council on Teacher Quality said last month. -Jack Kelly
Editorial, Liberal, Union, Degeneracy
The school district in Little Rock, Ark. has announced plans for a dress code that will require teachers to wear underwear. Every single day. Female teachers will have to wear bras, too... Organized labor vocally opposes the new universal underwear requirement and the rest of the non-draconian dress code.
"I don't see a voice for students in the bargaining process; I think it's one of the facts of life. ... It's very much like a strike, let's say, or negotiations in the private sector. The consumer, basically, is left out."
Hate, Government, Character, Degeneracy, Misogyny, Racism, Education
At a kickoff event for yet another public relations campaign at its national convention last week, the National Education Association played “Wobble” by V.I.C., a lewd, sexually-oriented recording that includes the highly offensive racial word “nigga” and the rapper discussing the “tool in his pants.” Wobble 2Called “Raise Your Hand,” the event was billed as one that would assist with “empowering educators to lead.” Watch the video to see all the geriatric education “leaders” dancing to a song that says, “when it’s over you ain’t gon need ya vibrator.”
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Union, Character, Greed
While city public-school teachers have gone without a new contract or regular pay raises for three straight years, their union, its staffers and political cronies have been living large off their union dues, a Post review found. Included in the United Federation of Teachers’ $166.5 million in spending last year was a hefty $33.4 million in salary for union staffers — a slight increase from the year prior. More than 90 staffers earned six-figure salaries between July 2011 and June 2012, the records show — including President Michael Mulgrew, who took home $275,000... The union also spent more than $1 million for one company, Lackmann Culinary Services, to cater food for its various meetings and events.
Union, Government, Incompetence, Character, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Education, Protest
It’s not “Gov. Synder” that she so despises, it’s Governor Rick “Snyder.” ... A recent study of Detroit Public Schools found that only 7% of eighth graders were proficient in reading.
He’s in the union. That’s why! It makes sense that teacher Aryeh Eller collected nearly $1 million for doing almost nothing over 13 years, his brother said. “What do you expect? He’s union,” Ayton Eller said yesterday. “That’s how much teachers get paid.” His brother, Aryeh, 46, taught music at Hillcrest HS in Queens until he was yanked from the classroom in 1999 — and confessed to repeated sexual harassment of female students, according to an investigative report... It’s the city’s fault that his brother is still getting paid at a salary of $85,000 — and is the longest-sitting “rubber-room” teacher in the city, Ayton said.
Union, Government, Incompetence, Education
In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading. Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature... Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Union, Education, Protest, Greed
Two Michigan school districts will close Tuesday after hosts of teachers called out sick, apparently to join protests against efforts to pass right-to-work legislation in the state. The school district superintendent in Taylor, MI, a Detroit suburb, said the district would not have enough teachers to fill the district’s classrooms, according to local news reports. The Taylor Federation of Teachers is reportedly helping to organize the protests.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Union, Degeneracy, Education, Greed, Socialism
On day two of the Chicago Teachers Union strikes, thousands of the highest-paid teachers in the country once again occupied the streets, causing a traffic nightmare for the taxpaying—and working—residents of Chicago. Teachers proudly marched in solidarity with the International Socialists Organization, Occupy Chicago, and dozens of other far left-wing radical organizations.
Hypocrisy, Union, Character, Education, AntiAmerican, Greed, Socialism, Communism
Those students in the march would have observed that many of their teachers chose to wear red Che Guevera t-shirts and wave revolutionary anarchist flags. When interviewed, one teacher said he believes that the Chicago Teachers Union supports the “revolutionary unionist” movement and pointed to a local school network in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, where teachers have adopted a “syndicalist platform” (revolutionary unionism) and elected their delegate based on those values.
On-camera, several teachers proudly asserted their solidarity in marching with members of the International Socialist Organization. Another teacher, wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt, proclaimed that “he is a great roll model for the people” as she held up her iron fist of solidarity.
Crime, Union, Government, Sex, Education
The district's surprising removal of the Miramonte teachers, administrators and support staff came after the January arrest of a longtime teacher, Mark Berndt, who is accused of playing sexually oriented games with 23 students in his classroom over five years. Another teacher, Martin Springer, was arrested in a separate case just weeks later. Superintendent John Deasy said he removed the staff in order to quell widespread parent concern and to investigate how the alleged conduct had gone unnoticed for so long. United Teachers Los Angeles, the union, said the teachers were being treated unfairly and filed grievances against the district on their behalf.
Crime, Union, Government, Education, Theft
Authorities in Worcester County have charged a middle school teacher accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the teachers union while she was treasurer. Police also said the Worcester County Teacher's Association conspired to cover up the theft by making arrangements for restitution without contacting authorities that a crime had occurred. Denise Inez Owens, 58, of Ocean Pines was responsible for the taking of more than $433,000 from accounts belonging to the Worcester County Teacher's Association, according to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.
Crime, Election, Union, Fraud, Education, Corruption
Former Broward Teachers Union president Patrick A. Santeramo turned himself in to Broward County authorities Tuesday to face 20 criminal charges that include racketeering and fraud. Accompanied by lawyer Benedict Kuehne, Santeramo, 64, entered the Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale at 8:30 a.m. wearing jeans and a sweatshirt to be arrested and have his mug shot and fingerprints taken. Santeramo led the union for a decade. He's facing 19 felony offenses that also include conspiracy to commit racketeering, grand theft, and organized scheme to defraud. Another charge, campaign contribution violation, is a misdemeanor.
Union, Incompetence, Financial, Education
Alan Rosenfeld — a 66-year-old disgraced typing teacher — hasn’t taught since he was accused of making inappropriate comments and leering at 8th grade girls in 2001, but still collects $100,049 a year from the city, the New York Post reports.
The city is being bled dry by the exorbitant benefits packages negotiated by previous elected officials. Teachers pay only 3 percent of their health-care costs and out of every new dollar set aside for public education in Illinois in the last five years, a full 71 cents has gone to teacher retirement costs. -John Fund on Chicago Teachers Strike Sept 2012
Liberal, Union, Fascism
For one Michigan educator, the annual costs of “non-membership” in the local, state and national teacher unions total $544.28. But Andrew Buikema, 10-year teacher with Grant Public Schools, is willing to pay the price, just for the privilege of being seen as a true professional, instead of a union worker. Michigan is not a “right to work” state, which means Buikema’s job is still affected by the district’s contract with the local teachers union, the Grant Education Association. The GEA is affiliated with the Michigan Education Association and the National Education Association.
Liberal, Union, Incompetence, Education, Waste
The ATR is comprised of teachers who literally have no classroom for one reason or another. Due to a labor contract stipulation, they can’t be fired or laid off, and continue to draw the same salaries as full-time teachers. They’re put into the ATR pool, where they may be assigned to work as substitutes, clerks, or perhaps to do nothing at all.
Prosecutors have charged Richard Anzivino, former finance director of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, with larceny for writing 270 checks to himself for a total of $802,000 from 1996 to 2002. He used the money for gambling at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos in Connecticut, according to prosecutors and union officials.
Union, Government, Education, Greed, Waste
SPRINGFIELD Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found. Over the course of their lifetimes, both men stand to receive more than a million dollars each from a state pension fund that has less than half of the assets it needs to cover promises made to tens of thousands of public school teachers.
Hypocrisy, Editorial, Union
In a move of stunning hypocrisy, the United Federation of Teachers axed one of its longtime employees -- for trying to unionize the powerful labor organization's own workers, it was charged yesterday.
Liberal, Union, Sex, Degeneracy, Education, Adult
“Oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education,” Diane Schneider told the audience at a panel on combating homophobia and transphobia. Schneider, representing the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in the US, advocated for more “inclusive” sex education in US schools, with curricula based on liberal hetero and homosexual expression. She claimed that the idea of sex education remains an oxymoron if it is abstinence-based, or if students are still able to opt-out.
Union, Education, Greed
A retired U.S. Marine who runs a high school ROTC program in Worcester says he faces the boot for refusing to pay local union dues, leaving the 58-year-old father of two crying foul and school administrators bewildered.
Crime, Union, Degeneracy, Education
In 1997 a Brooklyn teacher was accused of attempting to molest a sixth-grade girl at PS 138. As it happened, he admitted the behavior, but no criminal charges were filed when all was said and done. Still one would think the fact that he inappropriately fondled a teen should be enough to get him fired from his teaching position. But then again, in New York you can’t even fire a child molester if he happens to be a teachers union member.
While the group of teachers, support staff and aides – who have been in contract negotiations since 2010 – were demonstrating within the boundaries of the law, school board members are “appalled and disgusted” with the union’s call to picket in front of Mario Christina’s home while his children were present.
Democrat, Union, Education
Now Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also a Democrat (and with a teachers union background, to boot) has joined the pro-reform chorus. In a speech last week, he denounced his city’s teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), as “one unwavering roadblock to reform.” He said, “At every step of the way, when Los Angeles was coming together to effect real change in our public schools, UTLA was there to fight against the change and slow the pace of reform.”
Union, Government, Education, Waste
In the city's funny math, you get only one teacher for the price of two. The Department of Education pays about 1,500 teachers for time they spend on union activities -- and pays other teachers to replace them in the classroom. It's a sweetheart deal that costs taxpayers an extra $9 million a year to pay fill-ins for instructors who are sprung -- at full pay -- to carry out responsibilities for the United Federation of Teachers.
Union, Education, Protest
Two SDL residents contacted the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era Thursday to complain about the trip. "The fact that they're taking kids and teachers out of school to attend this rally is just plain wrong," said Julie Zug, whose son is a fourth-grader at Wickersham. "I have no idea how many schools or districts in Pennsylvania are participating, but it sounds like an awful expense to prop up the teachers' union. "How many parents are unaware their kids are being used in this manner?"
Liberal, Union, Education
An embarassment to the profession.
The sweet deal that all the 3,400 teachers in Buffalo are eligible to get under one of their insurance plan options, they are billed nothing for any plastic surgery procedure, such as botox, liposuction, tummy tucks, and there is no deductible.
Liberal, Crime, Hate, Union, Guns, Threats
Windels' social media pages say she is an elementary school teacher in Madison. The criminal complaint said Windels threatened to kill Republicans and their families in her email, and said she would shoot them in the head.
The Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association has filed a civil suit claiming that MPS' exclusion of Viagra and other drugs that treat erectile dysfunction from its health insurance plans constitutes sexual discrimination against male employees.
A consultant for the School Board has estimated that reinstating the drug benefit would cost $786,000 per year - the cost to keep perhaps a dozen first-year teachers employed.
Union, Government, Obama, Oops, Education
Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs,” Obama said. “But last May, 97 percent of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college.”
What Obama failed to mention is how Bruce Randolph turned its situation around: firing teachers at will after being granted an exemption from union rules.
While union efforts are not the only obstacle to implementing sensible education reform with broad political support, they have been an important part of the active resistance to efforts they once supported.
Carl Hudson Jr., the principal of Flushing High School, may not have a job to return to in September... Hudson, 33, was arrested on Tuesday night around 8:35 p.m. after cops allegedly found a small bag of methamphetamine in his car during a traffic stop at 141-54 Northern Blvd. near the intersection with Parsons Blvd., only one block from the campus of Flushing High School. Hudson was removed as principal of the school and replaced, but an arbitrator ruled the plan violated union contracts and a judge denied the city’s request to place a restraining order on the decision, leaving the plan in legal limbo and technically opening up the possibility that principals like Hudson could keep their jobs in September.
Hypocrisy, Union, Education, Greed
New York City's teachers may do well to ask why their union, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), has an office in Boca Raton, Florida. A recent article in the New York Post figured that rent alone for the Boca Raton branch costs UFT members $183,603 per year. That's not peanuts for a union fretting about its financially strapped members.
The nature of the marketplace is such that you have these little under-the-table payments, or whatever you want to call them, and a good-old-boy network that really works against the teachers," said Mark Fischer, who runs an Ohio company that designs and manages retirement plans.
Leaders of the nation's largest teachers' unions are fighting proposed modifications to federal labor regulations contending that they would not prevent the kind of wholesale embezzlement that allegedly took place within the Washington Teachers Union and United Teachers of Dade over the past few years.
Crime, Union, Greed
Hundreds of letter writers, many of them teachers, reacted with outrage to the deal federal prosecutors made with ex-United Tchrs. Of Dade boss Pat Tornillo, who admitted stealing between $500,000 and $800,000 from the union to pay for international travel, vacation home rentals and other luxuries.
Just after the Chicago Teachers Union released a statement on its website declaring their intent to strike Monday morning, the union published a solidarity statement from feminist and honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Gloria Steinem as the top item on their website. -Anne Sorock
Approximately 149 LAUSD teachers are currently awaiting a dismissal hearing and have been removed from the classroom. All but 17 - a total of 132 people - continue to receive a paycheck, according to district records.
"There is an incentive for a bad employee to fight because they continue to get paid," Galatzan said.
The embezzlement trial of former Washington Teachers' Union officials opened yesterday with prosecutors describing three top leaders as a team that stole from the union's bank accounts until they were nearly empty.
Crime, Union, Education
ALBANY - Cops booted an unruly group of city teachers union officials from a posh Albany eatery after they caused a ruckus over their dinner tab, the Daily News has learned.
Paul Egan, the teachers union's political and legislative director, caused a stir at a restaurant in Albany, refusing to pay $40 for his prix fixe meal because he claimed the entree was too small.
Union, Government, Incompetence
In the past decade, LAUSD officials spent $3.5 million trying to fire just seven of the district's 33,000 teachers for poor classroom performance — and only four were fired, during legal struggles that wore on, on average, for five years each. Two of the three others were paid large settlements, and one was reinstated. The average cost of each battle is $500,000.
“There is one entity working hard every day, spending millions of dollars every year, to make sure you never get the opportunity to get your child out of a failing school and into a different school, and that is the teachers union” -Bobby Jindal
Hypocrisy, Union, Education, Greed
As nearly 5,000 city teachers face the ax, their union shells out millions of dollars on feasting, boozing and partying, the Daily News has learned.
Free-spending United Federation of Teachers brass last year spent nearly $1.4 million for the UFT's 50th anniversary gala at the Hilton - complete with a movie, a book and a paperweight.
In essence, the economy has forced schools to "excess" hundreds more teachers, which means they enter the ATR. They continue to pull down salaries despite lacking a fixed teaching position.
So, although about 700 ATR teachers have found placements, the influx of new teachers means that the total pool is up to 2,400 from about 1,100 in April, the newspaper reports.
A majority of New York City teachers who lost their positions at schools earlier this year have neither applied for another job in the system nor attended any recruitment fairs in recent months, according to data released by the Department of Education Thursday.
New York is the only city in the country where teachers are guaranteed pay for life even when their school closes and they are put out of a permanent job.
The teachers, known as the Absent Teacher Reserve pool, or ATRs, are assigned to schools across the city and perform a variety of jobs, such as substituting or administrative work.
Twenty-six of the ATRs who lost their jobs in 2006 earn more than $100,000 a year in salary, not counting about $30,000 in benefits. Seventy have been working in the school system for 26 or more years. Some could retire, but haven't.
New York City was once home to the infamous rubber room — a place where teachers awaiting disciplinary measures were sent to twiddle their thumbs while still receiving full pay as their grievances went through the system — but now it has an even bigger problem on its hands: The city spends more than $100 million every year paying teachers who have been excessed but have yet to find jobs.