GOP’s Kashkari Crashes Teachers’ Union Confab in Los Angeles

Jul 12, 2014 by

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari held a press conference at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) conference in Los Angeles, demanding school reform and attacking incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown for doing nothing to stop the violation of the civil rights of minority children.

The context for Kashkari’s charge against Brown is the recent decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to strike down California’s teacher tenure laws on the grounds that they violate state constitutional guarantees of adequate public education and that they “disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students” in schools.

Brown addressed the annual gathering on Friday morning, as Republican leaders in the state urged him not to appeal the decision in Vergara v. California, though the California Teachers Association has said that is plans to do so.

The decision has rippled nationwide, and has fueled one of Kashkari’s core campaign messages, namely education reform. It has also pitted Kashkari against teachers unions and the AFT in particular, whose president, Randi Weingarten, has said Vergara could “set us back in our effort to help all kids succeed.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has applauded Vergara as an opportunity for education reform.

In her own address to the AFT conference on Friday following Gov. Brown, a combative Weingarten reiterated her union’s opposition to Vergara, saying that it reflected “the perverse cry of so-called reformers: that the only way for students to win is for educators to lose.” She urged members not to let Vergara “get you down.”

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    Teacher with a Brain

    Let’s be truthful. In relatively recent history, the GOP has demonstrated little to no concern for anyone’s civil rights. They have co-opted this term because it resonates with many independents and liberals. Look at their record on any number of other civil rights.

    The GOP, even more than the Democratic Party, cowtows to the wealthy class and their goal is privatizing public education and opening up a multi-billion $$$ market for theirs pals to exploit.

    One of the big investment banks authored a white paper in 1999 identifying the potential of the education market for corporations to exploit, and it identified the need to remove teachers’ unions to gain full access to these $$. So, along comes the white washing of the rhetoric to gain support from folks who would never previously have supported this cause. Today some of the worst offenders in the war on (truly) public schools and teacher rights (unions are democratically run organizations that provide a voice to the masses of people who are working in the trenches, while management is not and some never have)are organizations started and run by Democrats.

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