Christine Young, a California parent and blogger, shared a severe concern with me–the California teachers’ unions are protecting child molesters employed by the schools, by making it harder for them to be fired. Christine is concerned this is keeping the sexual offenders (as well as those who commit drug-related acts with their students) near the children.
As a mom of seven, and a parent of four children in public school here in California, I’m disgusted with how special interest groups like the teachers’ union always put our children last, behind their bloated paychecks and pension benefits.
But, now they’ve gone too far. Earlier this year, the California Teachers Association killed a bill in the legislature that would have made it easier to fire teachers who are known child molesters!
It’s almost too hard to believe, right? Well, read for yourself what one Los Angeles area teacher did to his blindfolded students – Associated Press story – and how the teachers union conspired to keep perverts like him in the classroom – LA Weekly article.
California isn’t alone in having a teachers union that protects sexual deviants – New York is battling a similar problem.
This is why we need reform like Prop 32, which is on the November ballot in California. We have to stop the special interest money that keeps these groups powerful and detached from doing what’s best for our children.
Of course the opponents of the measure are spreading lies about how cops, firemen, teachers, et al are against 32, but keep in mind it’s only the union leadership that is against 32. I know plenty of teachers who don’t like what their union does and certainly don’t want sexual predators in our classrooms!
See for yourself what California Prop 32 will do, it’s very straight forward.
And join our Facebook Group “California Parents for Reform” where we discuss this and other issues facing our schools and families.
Christine Young is the mother and blogger behind FromDatestoDiapers.com, where she shares about life with lots of kids and how to make it fun.
From the Julieverse, aka my thoughts:
I was shocked to read these stories. Teachers committing these crimes should be automatically released from their jobs–there should be no question as to whether it is fit to have these teachers around children. However, the CTA (California Teachers Union) is citing summertime as an unfair time to release a teacher from his job due to travel time. What?! A teacher committed a crime. I don’t care what time of year it is, a teacher who commits a crime should not be permitted to call himself a teacher. Period.
I encourage you, no matter where you live, to read the LA Weekly article (linked above) for the details. You’ll learn that the heavily favored bill (SB 1530), which had no problem passing the CA Senate (33-4 non-paritsan vote) failed in the California House of Representatives, thus, killing the bill.
Teachers’ unions have a place in our world, in protecting their membership and the qualities of their teaching conditions. But taking their influence to politics to influence a bill that has the children most in mind… there’s no place the world for a teachers association such as this.
Christine and I would love to know your thoughts. Have the teachers unions in California, New York and other states taken their influence too far? Or is it better to stand as a union with every employee?
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