I’m A Mom Who’s Tired of Special Interests Ruining California

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 15, 2012

I tend to stay away from political topics here at From Dates to Diapers, but as you all know, I am a mom of seven children, four of whom are in a public charter 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.

Well, they’ve gone too far this time… 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? Just 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.


We have to stop the special interest money that keeps these groups powerful and detached from doing what’s best for our children, and this is exactly why we need reform like Prop 32, which is on the November ballot.

Of course, the opponents of the measure are spreading lies about how cops, firemen, teachers, and others 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 Prop 32 will do.

And join our Facebook Group “California Parents for Reform” where we discuss this and other issues facing our schools and families.

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ConnieFoggles August 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I’m a big believer in unions and union rights but if they interfere with the rights and safety of children, things must change. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater though.
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Christine - From Dates to Diapers August 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

This isn’t about the right to organize, Connie. There is a big distinction between classroom teachers and what leadership does with the money collected FROM us, which in many cases is to block needed reform.

For example, CTA killed a Democrat-sponsored bill that would have given local districts more authority to improve low-performing schools. The Union did not want to give locals that flexibility – they want all the power and then virtually ignore the schools.

It gets worse, in 2009 the Obama administration was offering billions of dollars nation-wide in competitive grants to increase teacher accountability. California could have received as much as $700 million for our schools, but CTA did not want the accountability, so they rejected it! Because CTA wasn’t willing to accept responsibility, the grants were rejected by the Feds.

Many Democrats, including L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have publicly come out against the Unions abuse of power, saying “The most powerful defenders of the status quo are the teachers unions. They intimidated people, especially Democrats, from doing anything about reform.” http://thenewcaliforniabandits.com/?most-wanted=aliquam-erat-volutpat-posuere

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Leah Segedie August 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I remember the CTA being uber powerful when I worked for Sacramento. Nothing has changed…and they are all about the slippery slope argument. I’m all for supporting teachers, but making it impossible to get rid of bad teachers AND teachers that are harming our children is absolutely ridiculous. This has GOT to change.
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Laura August 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

thanks for the heads up on prop 32. I appreciate it.
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Ray Young August 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

CNN had a great piece on this yesterday. Check it out – http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/24/special-interests-over-child-interests/

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