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Teachers Union Goes on Offensive with New Ad

The Connecticut Education Association bashes the governor's plan in a television ad.

A new ad from the state’s largest teachers union criticizes Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education reform plan while urging people to listen “to our teachers” instead.

The 30-second ad by the Connecticut Education Association began airing on March 17. Ten seconds in, the ad turns ominously dark when the narrator discusses the proposed reforms.  

“Governor Malloy’s plan doesn’t get it right: taking control away from local school districts and giving it the State Education Commissioner, allowing principals to decide which teachers are certified and siphoning tax dollars away from our Connecticut schools.”

Malloy’s senior adviser criticized the ad.

“It’s unfortunate that CEA has chosen to air an ad in which they intentionally misstate the facts in order to try and mislead people,” Roy Occhiogrosso told the Journal Inquirer. “The governor’s plan maintains local control, implements an evaluation system both teachers unions have agreed to, and increases funding for education by $128 million.”

One of the main elements of Malloy’s plan for the best teachers, to restructure tenure so that it has to be continually earned and to provide more money to troubled schools across the state.

Under his proposed $128 million education agenda, 80 percent would go to the worst districts. In order for the schools to get the money, districts would have to “embrace key reforms,” with tenure changes being one of them.

R Eleveld March 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I know that Gov. Malloy knows certain things will not fly; the unions will never support a Republican; and he also knows he can push a little. Its called politics. This will cause me to be shot, however it is worth consideration. Parents are reasonably expecting more from teachers. With higher salaries are arguably higher expectations. I have had taxpayers shocked at the compensation amounts that in some cases are much more than the parents of the kids they teach. Teachers at one point in history were highly respected, yet poorly paid, with a decent or "OK" pension. Today a teacher is arguably well paid. Another issue in teaching is a teachers' curriculum are being so heavily managed [database systems], as it has been reported to me by teachers. Hence my argument teaching is now more science than art. Could I be a teacher. Nope. I admit it! Teachers are due our respect. I am just trying to point out some issues I have heard from stakeholders. Windsor BoE Budget: http://www.windsorct.org/boe/reports/documents/12.03.01_FY2012-2013_Recommended_Budget.pdf; Page 71
ABG March 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
R Eleveld, I came back to teaching school after working in industry for 25 years. It was refreshing and rewarding for about 5 years. I agree with you re:racial/ethnic etc, however, that's life. There are good and bad with every socio-economic structure. It's not as if those who grow up with a poor background are trying to achieve a greater education. They actually tend to bring down those looking for a better education. We spend more money on trying educate students with little motivation to learn, then we do trying to improve students who want to improve their education. Seems like a waste of money to me.
C. Alexander March 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Unions vote on who leads the union, they don't vote on who manages them. I'm not really sure what your talking about, and get the feeling you don't either.
C. Alexander March 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM
The real problem is that most of the people making the recommendations don't really know squat about what they're talking about. If kids go to school ready to learn, they'll learn. If they go there to screw around or not pay attention, they won't. If they have intense problems at home they probably will not focus on school. You get out of school what you put into it. As time goes by, fewer people think that they should have to expend any effort.... it's the new culture of America. It's all about rights and no responsibilities. If I fail, it must be someone elses fault... teachers, society, the system... time to look in the mirror! If a doctor prescribes medicine and the patient doesn't take it, do we blame the doctor?
C. Alexander March 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
It's primarily socioeconomic. Improve the socioeconomic status and you'll improve education. Malloy is putting the cart before the horse. Below is a quote from an article in dissent magazine pointing out some interesting facts that no one ever explains: "To justify their campaign, ed reformers repeat, mantra-like, that U.S. students are trailing far behind their peers in other nations, that U.S. public schools are failing. The claims are specious. Two of the three major international tests—the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study and the Trends in International Math and Science Study—break down student scores according to the poverty rate in each school. The tests are given every five years. The most recent results (2006) showed the following: students in U.S. schools where the poverty rate was less than 10 percent ranked first in reading, first in science, and third in math. When the poverty rate was 10 percent to 25 percent, U.S. students still ranked first in reading and science. But as the poverty rate rose still higher, students ranked lower and lower. Twenty percent of all U.S. schools have poverty rates over 75 percent. The average ranking of American students reflects this. The problem is not public schools; it is poverty. And as dozens of studies have shown, the gap in cognitive, physical, and social development between children in poverty and middle-class children is set by age three."

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