Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is still in the midterms, announcing more legislation and plans to increase parent and teacher autonomy and weaken the grip of self-interested unions. Finally, it seems that some Republicans won’t hand over education issues to the Democrats.
The governor of Florida did what most politicians never do when he put his name on the back of a school board candidate, shocking left-wing unions that have a tight grip on school boards across the country. So will other governors follow DeSantis’ book?
One can only hope. In the meantime, let’s look at the latest statement from a champion of parental rights and educational freedom, about which I’m sure his arch-nemesis Randy Weingarten is outraged.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said he wants to pass a “paycheck protection” bill. This would prevent the government from deducting union dues from teachers’ salaries, he said. Instead, teachers need to write a check to the union.
— Dr. Andrew Jackson (@DrAndrewJackson) December 20, 2022
Stand Up For Teachers Union
This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke out, outlining his hopes for passing what he calls paycheck protection legislation. In short, the legislation forces those who want to unionize to write a monthly check instead of the union receiving automatic payments.
This would theoretically affect all unions in the state, but the speech was explicitly aimed at the education sector. The legislation would end the government’s role in automatically deducting teachers’ salaries to funnel money to teachers’ unions. (Of course, this usually ends up going back to those politicians.)
governor desantis Explanation:
“First of all, you don’t have to be in a teachers’ union at all. But if you do, the government, we don’t want to play a role in deducting anyone’s money, so you write down your dues every month and you do it.”
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In essence, the governor is taking the role of government out of the union’s revenue stream and putting power back in the hands of teachers, who they can support with their own pockets. As the Governor said, it’s all about freedom:
“It maximizes the freedom of choice. And I think it’s going to be a more accurate reflection of who wants to part with this.”
NEW: Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to pass the Paycheck Protection Act.
This would prevent the government from deducting union dues from teachers’ salaries, he said. Instead, teachers need to write a check to the union.
“This maximizes freedom of choice” pic.twitter.com/7ouyogmATm
— Lydia Nusbaum (@LydiaNusbaum) December 19, 2022
But that’s not the only positive about the plan. Its genius is in the details.
Currently, dues are automatically deducted from teacher salaries and are automatically renewed annually. The change proposed by DeSantis eliminates automatic deductions from teacher salaries and empowers teachers.
Sounds good, right? Not if you are a teachers union.
There has been considerable chatter that more teachers disagree with the various measures the unions have been pushing. From gender ideology to critical race theory, I believe, like most parents, that most American educators want to teach the basics.
You know, like math and reading and history. Assume that enough teachers choose not to write checks to the particular teacher union of their choice. In that case, it could weaken the union’s lobbying power.
“If they don’t have a majority of teachers who actually sign up and pay their dues, they should deaccredit. You shouldn’t be able to continue a zombie organization without the support of people you should be negotiating with.”
Allow me to explain further. Unions derive most of their power from their rosters and dues.
The more people who are unionized, the louder they will be in government. The more people who join a union, the more dues are collected and the more money is available to donate to political parties and candidates.
What a novel idea to uplift not only parents but educators as well. I think Governor DeSantis is the governor of education. Still, others considered him the enemy of education.
DeSantis Wins in School Board Competition and 2022:
“To say this is going to be the norm in every election going forward, I don’t think you should count on that. These are important battles going forward”
Teachers unions will double down and fire, says DeSantis pic.twitter.com/FR0OFJCyUh
— Amber Joe Cooper (@AmberJoCooper) December 19, 2022
In this past midterm election, Governor DeSantis put his name behind 30 school board candidates, 24 of whom won.
the governor said his success:
“I think what we’ve been able to do is show that these games matter.”
boy, eh?More often than not, what happens on your local school board and local politics affects your life more than what happens in the DC swamp
the governor went on to say Say:
“I think a lot of the teachers’ unions are amazed by the amount of effort we all put into these games.”
Boy, they are. Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers Say Midterm school board setbacks:
“My concern is that we can’t have two countries. This is one United States of America, and we have an obligation to help kids — whether they’re in South Carolina, Tennessee, New York, or California — learn how to think critically. “
– Randi Weingarten 🇺🇦🇺🇸💪🏿👩🎓 (@rweingarten) December 21, 2022
Randy, what a job you all do. But, unfortunately, our children’s reading and math scores are the lowest they’ve been in decades.
Let’s hope the Republican focus on education doesn’t go away. Based on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s continued push in Virginia, Gov. DeSantis’ consistent message, and of course former Secretary of State and likely presidential candidate Mike Pompeo statement Randi Weingarten “The Most Dangerous Man in the World…” It seems some guys have been in the fight for at least a while.
Our opponents are delighted with the advocacy that the teachers’ unions — especially Randi Weingarten — are pushing through schools.
We can stand against foreign adversaries. But if we lose our children, then we lose everything.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) December 1, 2022
“They’re going to redouble their efforts, they’re going to work harder and their guns are burning because it’s an entrenched interest and they’re making money by participating in these systems.”
Randy on the other hand debate Great education for our children:
“…we have an obligation to create a safe and welcoming environment.”
With the latest Virginia survey, Find The Loudoun County Superintendent was condemned for transgender students sexually assaulting girls at his school; it’s hard to believe that these tools of the union care about our children’s safety, let alone education. So perhaps Mr. DeSantis’ move to give parents and teachers a voice in his state will help drive some real change in our public education system.
Because I don’t think Mr. Pompeo is wrong, the future of our country depends on how we educate our country’s youngest. But, unfortunately, all indications are that Big Education is more concerned with pronoun choice than arithmetic and actual grammar.
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