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Conservative group accuses teachers unions of “bullying” children

May 8, 2012

Teachers unions are “bullies” that are “destroying our children’s future,” argues a new ad campaign developed by the State 
Government 
Leadership 
Foundation, a Republican group that works for conservative causes at the state level.

“These bullies make hundreds of thousands of dollars and protect failing teachers at the expense of children,” the narrator says as images of a “union official” counting twenty-dollar bills and intimidating schoolkids flash across the screen. “Teacher union bullies block education reform while American kids fall further behind the Chinese.”

According to the group’s press release, the ad, which debuts during Teacher Appreciation Week, “targets
 states
 where
 teachers
 unions
 have
 most 
onerously 
abused 
their 
influence
 over 
our
 nation’s
 public 
schools,
 including
 New 
York,
 New
 Mexico,
 Michigan,
 Illinois, 
New
 Jersey
 and
 Connecticut.”

“Although 
the 
typical 
teacher 
is 
hard
working 
and
 effective,
 teachers 
unions
 are 
more 
interested 
in 
maintaining
 the 
status 
quo 
and 
protecting 
the
 worst 
teachers,
 rather 
than 
incentivizing
 excellence
 and 
rewarding 
success,” Sarah 
Lenti,
 a senior 
policy 
advisor at the SGLF, said in a statement.

Watch the video, via the SGLF:

Photo credit: Screenshot/SGLF

Comments
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What is wrong with the Right Right wing of the GOP. Teachers have taken pay cuts over the years so that they can continue in educating our children. Is the GOP that afraid that they can’t win the Oval Office without destroying the teachers.

The GOP wants to kill all unions, so they can get by paying the teachers less then, especially 75% of them are women.

Posted by Susanbsbi | Report as abusive
 

There are many at fault with the present situation of our education system. Yes, the unions and the teachers should be scrutinized.

When was the last time you saw the U.S. as a country in the top 10 for science, math, reading, or any basic educational requirement. We are loosing at the hands of the teachers and the unions which represent them.

Posted by niblick3 | Report as abusive
 

The teachers union is solely about results – stuffing their pockets with taxpayer money. That is the one and only consideration. Please, vote for non-unionized charter schools. It is the only way to begin to change our failed system!

Posted by DanPM | Report as abusive
 

The charter schools movement is solely about results–stuffing its pockets with taxpayer money. That is its one and only consideration. Then they close down, leaving the students in worse shape than they were in before they started attending that charter school. Please, vote against charter schools and the legislators that support them–they’ve already failed thousands of students and ripped off millions in taxpayer funds. It’s the only way to protect a good public education system.

Posted by fkilgall | Report as abusive
 

how ironic that we’re “loosing” the education battle

Posted by jrw4x5 | Report as abusive
 

Amazing how you lie enough about Unions and you get these ugly remarks, and the current Republican War on Teachers and Education. I believe that they want to destroy teachers so that they can have an ignorant society that blindly votes for them just because they say so.

A sad day for education in this country, and proof that more than ever Unions are needed to protect workers against this war on the working man and woman.

As I watch the war on teachers raging thoughout this country, I am glad I decided not to teach after college.

Posted by Robert76 | Report as abusive
 

Teachers’ unions are the single biggest threat to American society today. Because a nation of unthinking, mindless children will be a threat to the very existence of the United States within a generation. All because of the teachers, who selfishly profit while churning out Democratic, union-supporting voters to be. The government then continues to support the unions, and the dangerous cycle repeats.

Posted by Sensibility | Report as abusive
 

Wait, wait wait–teachers are the single biggest threat to American society? Wow. I had no idea. Does DHS know this? I’ve been hearing for years that it was Middle Eastern terrorists who hated our way of life, so we had to change how we do everything to safeguard against their attacks. When did it stop being Iraqis and Afghanis and others? I mean, we’re dropping billions and billions of dollars worth of soldiers and bombs on THEM, I just automatically figured THEY were the threat. Again, wow. This changes everything. I guess the plan is to withdraw the troops and start taking out the teachers once the soldiers arrive home? I mean, it makes sense… sort of..except….well, I think we already HAVE a generation of unthinking, mindless children who’ve already grown up and you know what? They HAVE threatened the existence of the U.S. Yeah, they wrecked the economy and everything. Only wait…I’m not sure they were all Democrats…hmmm. I’m going to have to think about this a minute….

Posted by fkilgall | Report as abusive
 

This is coming from the same people who say that President Obama is too *African* to be president and that we can save money by just not paying our debts.

As children, when they behaved this way, they were punished by their teachers. This is how Republicans lash out at people who require them to behave like adults.

Posted by bvckvs | Report as abusive
 

Fact check: Average teacher salary nation-wide is 44K, not 100K plus as AD suggests. The average salaries of teachers is decreasing as the ranks of teachers are rapidly going into retirement and much lower staritng salaries are entering the averages.
The Golden Apple awards given out annually to outstanding teachers have many NEA member teachers in their ranks.
At the risk of sounding bitter here- I am teacher who is being bullied by the pac of lies in the above AD.
The timing of airing during teacher appreciation week shows a genuine hatred of teachers and a true love ignorance.

Posted by nmteach | Report as abusive
 

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