In the Newport Daily News, Sean Flynn highlights another example of the outrageous behavior among teachers union organizers, which ought to embarrass well-intentioned, professional teachers:
Superintendent of Schools Colleen Burns Jermain sent a notification to all parents on March 1 informing them that the conferences would take place between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on three days this week, one day at each school, the same as has been done in past years. …
The conflict reached a new flashpoint over the weekend with an advertisement in this newspaper paid for by attorney Jennifer Azevedo, who is an assistant executive director of the National Education Association RI, on behalf of the Teachers Association of Newport. The ad claimed the parent-teacher conferences would be held during the regular school times at each school on the designated days. Regular school hours are staggered between 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. among the three schools.
On first review, this has the feel of parents who are tearing their children apart as they head toward divorce, but that analogy isn’t applicable. The union advertised publicly in a way that presumed to set school policy. Here’s the ad; it’s extremely misleading, with no indication that it’s actually part of a disputed policy. This is the union saying, “Whatever your elected and appointed school administration might think, we run the schools.”
Hopefully, the Supreme Court will give teachers the ability to get out from under this thuggish organization when it decides its Janus case this year. Be that as it may, parents and voters should respond to this abuse of contracts to figuratively rip the contracts up.
And any legislator who votes for the legislation to make teacher contracts last forever unless renegotiated ought to find him or her self unelectable.