It appears that one of our local teacher unions has endorsed the issuing of the school bonds.
According to an article in the Times their support comes with some self serving strings:
- Savings from closing schools must be returned to teachers in salaries.
- Closed facilities cannot be sold to charter schools.
- The list of bond-funded projects cannot change.
- The Forma Group cannot be involved with the bond.
Evidently their vote will not be “all about the kids”.
The Times article did not tell us what the teacher vote tally was. Instead it told us that a majority of the union members were in favor of selling the bonds–as long as their four conditions were met.
The article did not tell us that there was a formal vote. Surely they would not issue their endorsement based on an informal poll taken by the union leaders, so let’s proceed thinking that there was a vote.
We don’t know how many of the teachers participated.
We also don’t know how many teachers voted no. If the facilities that they teach in were truly in bad shape one would expect that the vote would have been nearly unanimous, not a simple majority of those that voted.
We deserve better