Did you know it was illegal for teachers to negotiate with school boards over the new “hand books” districts are replacing union contracts with?
In the big picture, those on the front lines in classrooms around our state apparently don’t know enough about teaching to help guide dictatorial school boards to do the right thing and improve education.
If parents weren’t concerned about the ins and outs of collective bargaining, then maybe they should be real concerned about our schools being taken over by politicians and special interests who’ll soon be stuffing their pockets. Panic might be a better word.
These conservative politicians again are ready to blame...the outsiders and union bosses for the disruption.
TMJ4: GREENFIELD - Police had to be called to the Greenfield school board meeting Monday when things got out of control.
It all started when a large group of union members tried to attend the meeting. The board was discussing a new employee handbook and health insurance changes as a result of the collective bargaining law.
Witnesses say that when not everyone could fit in, it got heated. "We tried to go in, they would not let us in," said Patricia O'Brien, an MPS teacher who came with other WEAC members to support Greenfield school teachers. When the crowd started chanting, the cops were called.
Gail Milbrath, another MPS teacher, also attended in support of Greenfield teachers. "Any teacher, any person concerned about rights being taken away from Americans should be here speaking out," said Milbrath.
Doug Perry is a fifth grade teacher and president of the Greenfield Education Association. He said months of frustration played out as teachers still had wait for answers from the district. "We have no idea what our rights, our privileges and our benefits are going to be with school starting tomorrow," said Perry.
They were told the school district sent a letter to the local association (union members) stating that teachers would no longer be allowed to communicate their concerns at board meetings.
Superintendent Conrad Farner said that's not true … Farner said teachers were not allowed to negotiate with the board about the employee handbook, which replaces union contracts, as that would be breaking state law.