My response to Richard Joslin made it into this week’s print edition of the Sakonnet Times (as did TCC President David Nelson’s), and I’m sure it’ll spark an angry response or two from unionists.
Who knows but that ringleader Crowley will pen a guest letter from across the state. Given the extent of his so-called research and other writings at RI Future, his day job apparently leaves him with copious amounts of time for extracurricular activities. That assumes, of course, that the teachers aren’t paying his salary for his blogging.
Whether that’s the case or not, I’d suggest that teachers are misdirecting their anger if I’m the recipient. I’m merely arguing in what I believe to be the best interests of my town and its students (agree or disagree). On the other hand, the central justification for teachers’ union dues’ going to the state NEA would seem to be for state-level advocacy and planning.
Tiverton teachers should take especial note of the latter, because for all of their “research” and statewide contacts, the union officials appear to have failed to foresee and/or advise members of the likelihood of a state budgetary collapse. Inasmuch as it contributed to the local’s dogged pursuit of a better deal, that failure cost the union members thousands of dollars, with no end to the state’s and town’s fiscal crises in sight.