Thursday, January 24, 2008

It's the right thing to do

Mary Bell is the president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council*aka the teacher's union. She explained why WEAC's motto 'every child deserves a great school' leads them to sue a great school into oblivion ...

(I) am called upon to explain why WEAC has subjected itself to so much criticism for pursuing a controversial lawsuit against the Wisconsin Virtual Academy.

We did it because we knew it was the right thing to do.

We believed Wisconsin Virtual Academy was not following the state laws that were written, debated and passed to protect the right of all children to receive a quality public education.

AB 697
would change those laws. WEAC's response? They oppose the bill.

I'm just a simple hick from Texas but I can't make heads or tails out of her reasoning. The bill they oppose would do, more or less, what she wants.

About 'the right of all children to receive a quality education'.

The worst happens and AB 697 fails. WIVA closes, other virtual schools follow. We'll be okay - we could easily go back to home schooling. We can afford to do so.

A large number of kids will not - they have parents who can't afford to buy the material, or who need the support the licensed teachers provide.

Those kids will be denied the right to a quality education. And they'll have the teacher's union and Democrats to blame.

Permanent Record

* New Motto: We'll sue and put our membership out of work if we feel it's right thing to do. And by 'we' I mean the leadership, not you peasents toiling in the classrooms.
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