Commentary and Criticism about the National Education Association
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"While tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without electricity more than six months after Hurricane Maria and much of the island struggles to resume normalcy, voucher and charter school supporters are swooping in and taking advantage of the crisis …”
NEA Education Votes
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you could never do before.”
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
NEA TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE PARKLAND, FLORIDA CRISIS
While we can understand the NEA’s outrage about charter schools taking advantage of the situation in Puerto Rico, its reaction is somewhat hypocritical.
Recall how NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia recently used the crisis in Parkland, Florida to further her union’s support for an anti-gun agenda.
We wrote about this several times back in February and March:
Mostly False: The verdict is in on NEA President Garcia’s recent anti-gun comments
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia: Knave or Fool?
“Brave Students?” – An honest analysis of the March 14th Anti-Gun School Walk-Outs
NJEA TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE PARKLAND, FLORIDA CRISIS
Closer to home, the New Jersey Education Association did the exact same thing. NJEA President Marie Blistan used that crisis in Florida to further her union’s support for an anti-gun agenda.
We wrote about this back in February but it makes sense to bring it up again here.
NJEA President Blistan Channels Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel After Tragic Florida School Shooting
Here is a direct quote from our blog post:
“A little more than two hours after the Florida school shooter was taken into custody yesterday afternoon, President Marie Blistan posted a statement to the NJEA website:”
You can read the entire statement by Blistan at the link included below:
“NJEA: Latest school shooting demands action.”
CONCLUSION: Maybe the alternative schools are helping.
No one is happy about the disaster in Puerto Rico and the fact that the crisis there is still being felt by many of its citizens.
But for the NEA to complain that supporters of charter schools and vouchers are taking advantage of the situation is pure hypocrisy.
Not only that, did our union ever consider that the move by these alternate schools was possibly helping to alleviate the crisis somewhat? If standard public schools can't get up and running quickly enough, at least some schools can get back to educating the children.
So here are our parting words for the NEA:
Pot, meet kettle …