Teachers Unions Gone Wold

Both Warner Todd Huston at Right Wing News and IUSB Vision report on the latest gem from videographer James O’Keefe, as he digs up some dirt from a New Jersey teachers’ union.

From the Daily Caller:

In one video, Alissa Ploshnick, who is identified as a special educator at Passaic Public Schools, seems to verify the worst suspicions of education reformers. “It’s really hard to fire a tenured teacher,” she says. “It’s really hard – like you seriously have to be in the hallway fucking somebody.”

As an example, Ploshnick said, “we had a teacher that just recently was like – you NIGGER,” adding that the teacher was demoted, but is still teaching.

O’Keefe is organizing an event Monday in front of New Jersey’s statehouse in Trenton to call for that specific teacher’s identification – and dismissal.

“We think that that’s unconscionable that a teacher could call a student the ‘N-word’ and we can’t fire the teacher,” O’Keefe said in a phone interview with The Daily Caller. “We’ve got Dr. Laura getting fired for using racial slurs. Then we’ve got teachers calling kids the ‘N-word’ and we can’t even fire them.”

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“We can not just walk in and fire a tenured teacher,” [district assistant superintendent] Everett said. “We can take certain disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures could be suspension, it could be various forms. But, if you think that Monday, this teacher will not be in front of a classroom, no, that’s not going to happen, sir.”

Everett goes on to say it will take “at least a year” to remove a tenured teacher from a classroom.

Still in character as a parent of a student purportedly called the “N-word,” Adeleye asked Everett if his son could be moved to another class. Everett responded that he would have to research the other class’s size before he made such a promise.

Oh yeah, and they threaten the Governor with physical violence. Nice, eh?

Oh, but why do you want to read this? Watch the videos!

Andrew Breitbart has NJ Governor Chris Christie’s response (video at the link – I can’t embed it).

This is what I’ve been talking about.  This is another exhibit as to what I’ve been talking about.  The arrogance, the greed, the self-interest, the lack of introspection, the lack of standards.

And it hurts the great teachers just as much as it hurts the kids.

I think that this video makes the distinction better than I ever could.  This is their leadership conference where they’re in a hotel, having this leadership conference, singing songs together about kicking the governor in his tool box.  I wonder what they mean by that?  But I can tell you I sense it would hurt.

They talk about the things.. I’m not even going to say it because we have children in this audience but the things that they would have to do in order to lose tenure. And how exciting the moment is after three years when they get tenure and realize ‘we can’t get fired for anything’.

This is the stuff they are saying on the video when they don’t believe they are being videotaped.

 

 

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  1. #1 by iusbvision on Sat 30 Oct 2010 - 00:19

    Hi, you misspelled “wild” – please fix and then delete this comment as soon as you see it ;)

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