The National Council of State Legislators is meeting in Chicago this week. More than 1,200 legislators and their staff will wine and dine on lobbyists’ money. Included among the lobbyists will be some from the National Education Association.
I am concerned with what my union lobbyists will be telling state legislators and their staff while taking a knife to a steak at Morton’s Steak House.
Will they be telling them how great Illinois’ Senate Bill 7 is?
Yes. That is exactly what they will be doing.
NEA Tweet yesterday:
IL Sen Kimberly Lighthouse speaks about SB7, bringing all to the table. See
@IEANEA info on SB7: http://www.ieanea.org/featured/get-information-on-the-school-reform-bill-sb7-here/ … #NCSL12
That link is to an April, 2011 IEA statement about how Senate Bill 7 was a win for teachers.
Since then we know just the opposite is true. SB7 takes away tenure and seniority, ties teacher evaluations to value added measures, created the now infamous 75% threshold for a strike authorization vote by the Chicago Teachers Union and formally removed issues that could be collectively bargained in Chicago that weren’t wages and benefits.
That the Chicago Teachers Union has been able to so far out-maneuver these restrictions changes nothing about their intent.
I Tweet to the NEA:
Holy crap! This is the message our lobbyists are taking to other state legislatures?
I tell them:
At the last IEA Representative Assembly delegates directed IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin to report back on the negative impact of Senate Bill 7 on teachers throughout Illinois. But apparently she is continuing to tell a different story.
@NEAMedia @IEANEA Why are you still spinning this now? This was Rahm Emanuel’s bill and Jonah Edelman.
@fklonsky @Ieanea Again, not “spinning” anything. Just highlighting importance of collab with unions at NCSL.
@NEAMedia @IEANEA Why is the NEA still spinning IL Senate Bill 7 as a national model when even the IEA’s own members have repudiated it?
And then I Tweet two more.
The NEA doesn’t respond. They shut down.