Sunday, July 20, 2014
Andy Gardiner blames unions to distract from his own failures.
I found incoming senate president Andy Gardiner’s reflexive attack of teacher unions troubling. When the FEA filed suit against senate bill 850 (voucher expansion), he said the unions may have given up on these children, but I haven’t.
First that’s very arguable, this legislature has routinely slashed education budgets, attacked the teaching profession and made policy decisions, common core, high stakes standardized testing, vouchers, charter schools and merit pay that are not supported by evidence but which quite often benefit their campaign donors. Those things not protesting a hastily thrown together bill that violates the Constitutions single subject clauses have caused exponentially more harm to children.
I also want to remind everyone that unions don’t establish budgets, create curriculums, hire or fire teachers. All they do is try to make the mutually agreed upon contract language, the rules, are enforced. Furthermore because Florida is a right to work state, things like strikes the one truly effective tool that unions have has been taken out of their toolbox.