Top National Education Association Thug: It's Not About Kids, It's About Power!

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    Feb 24, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    National Education Association’s retiring top lawyer a.k.a. top thug / consigliere, Bob Chanin, speaking at the NEA’s annual meeting in July, 2009:

    “Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.

    This guy is delusional... he truly believes union members have a choice as to whether or not to pay the shakedown - uh dues - to fund the NEA:

    “And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.”

    And, driving the point home that the NEA's main purpose is not to provide quality education to the kids, rather it is to accumulate and wield political power:

    “This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary. These are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.”

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    Feb 24, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    I'm increasingly convinced that you, musclemed, and a few other right-wingers on here simply do not understand the English language. There is nothing - even in your bolded "gotcha" sections - that says anything to support your headline. icon_rolleyes.gif