Community Beyond Outreach?
An East Providence school committee member in attendance at the Ed Achorn talk gave me a copy of a flier that’s going to homes across the town:
Inside are a few union talking points presented in a “true or false” format, my favorite of which is the following (emphasis in original):
It’s the teachers’ fault that the district is running a deficit.
FALSE. The district has been mismanaged for years, with annual budget deficits for the last 10 years in a row. The City Council and School Committee have made decisions that have worsened the situation rather than resolved it.
What makes this noteworthy is that the single greatest example of mismanagement has been in giving away too much to the union. In some of their more stumbling rhetoric of recent months, even union officials have tacitly acknowledged this point.
But there’s reason for optimism: The back of the pamphlet provides contact information for all of the school committee and town council members, and at least according to the one who gave me the flier, every single response that it has generated was supportive of the school committee, not the union.
One must wonder whether the teachers’ union in East Providence, and perhaps elsewhere, has squandered its support among the community at large.