#REDS for ED: Union thugs demand more $ for less

Over 1,000 AZ schools shut down as teachers abandon more than 840,000 students while farcically claiming, “It’s for the children”

Don’t be lulled into taking the bait that striking teachers actually care about their students, as some were reportedly looking for “alternative care” and packing rudimentary sack lunches to sustain students during their union driven absence from schools.

Teaching was a career choice that was entered into by the strikers, with the goal of educating, not providing day care. Yet day care is unfortunately what most students get. Teachers had an idea of the salary range when they trained for the jobs that gave them summers off, numerous and lengthy holidays along with contrived half-day schedules.  If they were looking for six-figure careers, they should have gone into professions that required advanced degrees and expected long hours. Doctors making hospital rounds before and after office hours, CPAs working weekends and into the night during the months leading up to the April 15, tax filing deadline, lawyers meticulously preparing for lengthy trials with life or death consequences, come to mind.

Demanding a 20% pay hike while turning out kids who can barely read, problem solve, find British Columbia on a map, explain the events of 9/11 or comprehend the basics of American history is nothing short of extortion. Cursive, considered passé, is no longer taught, relegating signatures to antiquity status. Our kids are instructed in normalizing LGBTQ issues; global warming, which mutated to climate change when temperatures cooled; and they are recycling whizzes, but unable to keep pace academically with South Korean students.

This 2017 Pew Research Center data shows U.S. students’ academic achievement on science, math and reading scores significantly lags behind those of their peers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Estonia and Taiwan — to name a few.

Gov. Doug Ducey foolishly buckled to the unionists’ outrageous salary demands, claiming there would be no accompanying tax increase. Unless he’s a fool or a sleight-of-hand magician, he knows that’s an impossibility and so do taxpaying parents, who would like to see some bang for their bucks.

An estimated 50,000 Arizona teachers and their hangers-on marched to the state Capitol Thursday — many deriding Ducey for not doing enough — now increasing their demands to include higher wages for support staff, counselors, bus drivers and janitors, who unlike the teachers, were not paid during the walk out.  Many strikers plan to resume their protests today.

We remind you that teachers are represented by far-left unions. The $ millions teachers pay in dues fund liberal politicians and their causes.

Teachers unions have steadily amped up their political involvement: From 2004 to 2016, their donations grew from $4.3 million to more than $32 million — an all-time high. Even more than most labor unions, they have little use for Republicans, giving Democrats at least 94 percent of the funds they contributed to candidates and parties since as far back as 1990 when Center for Responsive Politics initially began collecting data.

Passage of ballot propositions — 301 in 2000 increasing the state sales tax and 123 in 2016 a grab from the state land trust — guaranteed more money for education, which apparently is never enough. School districts routinely hold budget overrides and bond elections to “get more money into the classroom” —- eduspeak for bolstering teacher’s salaries. A major premise of passing the Arizona Lottery in 1980 was that money from ticket sales would fund schools.

We’ve been had, but it’s Arizona’s under-educated children who will ultimately suffer.

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12 Responses to #REDS for ED: Union thugs demand more $ for less

  1. Mike says:

    The should be handled exactly like Reagan handled PATCO. Fire every last one of them.

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      Exactly!! Pres. Reagan did the right thing when the Air Traffic Controllers decided to strike. He also assured that none of those who did not heed his initial warning and return to work, would permanently lose their jobs. Reagan was once a Democrat who headed the Screen Actor’s Guild union so he knew how they operated.

      Doug McDucey is no Ronald Reagan.

  2. Observer says:

    Saw today’s all caps headline, “SEEING RED” and wondered if the liberal Arizona Republic was giving this conservative site its due. The headline made me chuckle, which is the only thing about this debacle using school kids as pawns that is even close to being funny. My sister (a former teacher) and her husband have withdrawn their kids from their neighborhood school and enrolled them in a higher ranked though less convenient charter school. They were thrilled to do so. They were told by the administrator that the school is being inundated with admission requests.

    She sent me this list of the 2018 Best Charter High Schools in the greater Phoenix area:
    https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-charter-high-schools/m/phoenix-metro-area/

    The website says, “Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and charter school ratings.”

    Check out the impressive student teacher ratios!

  3. Braveheart says:

    Another fine post today, Seeing Red AZ. Parents need to realize that their kids teachers are not their friends. Like the brutish Teamsters, teachers are dues paying union members who have a far left agenda. Propagandizing kids is the goal. The majority of young voters who supported Socialist Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, were trained in public schools.

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      Today’s teachers bear no resemblance to those who taught us. They were actual teachers. These are, as you correctly state, propagandists. I was born in Arizona and attended public schools. I was taught math and grammar, spelling and penmanship, became a history buff because my appetite was whetted by remarkable teachers who instilled a love of learning, enhanced by reading for pleasure which I still have today, We were required to read books and write book reports on books we could chose from a specific list. How grateful I am for the education I received, which is much different from what I see my young grand kids are getting.

  4. Virginia says:

    Since when does Doug Ducey or the legislature have authority over teacher’s salaries? I thought these were decisions made at the local district school board level.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    The other day I drove by a pizza place with #RedForEd right in the middle of the front window. Just passed it again today and it’s gone! They must have had complaints along with my mental note to never go there again.

    • Capt. Marvel says:

      I complained to the manager at Street’s Of New York, that had a Red for Ed extortionist sign in the window. He told me many of their customers were teachers. I told him I was a longtime customer and perhaps he shouldn’t chose which customers he valued more since all of our money is green. I also said my daughter is a teacher who refused to join the union and has been shunned by her co-workers. He said nothing. I told him I would not be doing business there in the future. More of us need to speak up. The unions have dominated this issue.

  6. Conservative Since Birth says:

    SRAZ: Love the #Reds For Ed That’s what they are.

    Off Topic:
    Kelli Ward Senate Campaign Expands Staff Roster
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/27/ward-senate-campaign-expands-staff-roster/

    From the article:
    “The campaign manager of Arizona’s Rep. David Schweikert’s 2012 re-election campaign will serve now as Ward’s campaign manager, according to a campaign release. Shawn Dow was Arizona campaign director for Sen. Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign. Dow has spent more than a decade in leading campaign roles.”

  7. Saguaro Sam says:

    MCCAINIS RETIRING.
    UNDER THE COVER OF “HEALTH” ISSUES

    HOWEVER, THE REAL REASON IS THAT THE PROTECTED FLOW OF ALL THINGS EVIL HAS BEEN STOPPED
    AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.
    HE AND FLAKE DRIED UP. (TRY HEAD & SHOULDERS)

    MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WITH TIGHTENED SPHINCTERS TODAY.
    CALL A PROCTOLOGIST CAUSE THE ASSES HAVE TIED THEMSELVES IN A KNOT.
    SOMETIMES CALLED OBSTRUCTION.

    What we are about to learn will amount to a National crisis.

    Begin to wrap you mind around this:
    What if almost everything you knew about our country and the world turns out to be wrong?

    We’ve been nothing but useful idiots, suckered by their technology; media, epidemics, vaccines, big pharma—everything.

    Please pray to God in Heaven to protect President Trump; his family, and his team. Very important.

    • Saguaro Sam says:

      RE: ourshame:

      “. . . replacement being negotiated. . .”

      • LD 23 PC says:

        Sam,
        Where are you getting all of this information? I’ve seen none of it.

        I hope the replacement would be conservative Paul Gosar I’m concerned McCain’s buddy Ducey might appoint McCain’s other toady, and establishmnt hack, Robert McGraham who has repeatedly shown his allegiance to McCain. While he still had his faculties, McCain repaid the debt by appointing Graham’s son to the Naval Academy. it’s that old one hand washing the other routine.