CNS: With schools across the country now shut down as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, many parents are gamely trying to keep the education process going outside the classroom, without unnecessary and harmful delays, by enrolling their children in online public charter schools.
But as they do, teacher union bosses and their allied politicians in a number of states are reportedly hurling obstacles in their path. Big Labor bureaucrats’ outrageous bullying in Oregon was recently exposed in a Wall Street Journal editorial.
Unfortunately, cynical, politician-abetted schemes to deny parents, schoolchildren and teachers the opportunity to escape ineffective unionized public schools by turning to union-free charters are par for the course for top bosses of the mammoth National Education Association (NEA) teacher union and its state and local subsidiaries. Just ask Dr. Kristie Chiscano.
Long before anyone knew what COVID-19 was, in fact, for decades, many educators who disagreed with teacher union bosses’ political stances and/or their “one size fits all” vision of how instructional employees should be compensated, were shunning employment at unionized district schools and opting instead for charter schools, which are overwhelmingly union-free.
Chiscano, who since 2011 has worked as a chemistry teacher at Gompers Preparatory Academy (GPA) in San Diego, accepted the job knowing that she wouldn’t be required to submit to government union bosses’ monopoly control as a condition of employment.
But a year ago this January, San Diego Education Association (SDEA/NEA) union officials were able, using California labor-law provisions that are extraordinarily biased against the rights of individual employees, to seize monopoly-bargaining power over the GPA faculty through a so-called “card check,” without even allowing teachers a chance to vote first in a secret-ballot election.