Brown sends signal for teachers to openly proselytize for Prop. 30

Oct. 22, 2012

By Chris Reed

Gov. Jerry Brown’s weekend call for teachers to go all out for Prop. 30 and his agenda in the remaining two weeks before the election needs to be seen in the context of all the different ways school employees have illegally used taxpayer resources to promote ballot measures in California.

FPPC regulations built off unequivocal California Supreme Court decisions have made clear that public funds should not be used to urge the public to raise its own taxes or to take a stand on ballot or legislative matters.

But with the all-powerful California Teachers Association and its junior partner, the California Federation of Teachers, seeing the Nov. 6 vote as being key to their continued stranglehold on the state, they won’t need much encouragement from the governor to flout the law.

If Proposition 30 fails, some school districts will be so strapped for cash that parents, administrators and maybe even teachers finally will have an honest discussion of the nonsensical assumptions driving the K-12 business model.

In that model, most teachers get automatic raises just for time on the job, not for their perfomance.  They can secure additional raises through collective bargaining, which is easy when times are good because teacher unions often control school boards, or by taking additional graduate courses that have no positive effect on their teaching skills. And not only do teachers have very strong job protections, nearly all the tim, they are granted tenure after minimal serious scrutiny. Even liberal newspapers realize this is nuts.

These interrelated issues drive both the school budget and the teacher accountability crises. Automatic raises without regard to teacher performance hollow out school budgets, unless the economy is booming and revenue is rolling in. These pay practices explain veteran teachers’ adamant battles on behalf of the status quo.

Prop. 32

Which brings us to the second existential threat to teachers’ hegemony over California: Proposition 32. Banning automatic political contributions from teachers every paycheck instantly would change the balance of power in Sacramento as well as in the many local districts where board majorities are elected thanks to local teacher union spending.

So with or without Gov. Jerry Brown’s encouragement, here’s what we’ll see the next 15 days: Teachers giving students political fliers to take home to their parents; teachers holding rallies on school time and school property; administrators getting on intercoms to exhort adult employees to get out and vote; and a vast use of government emails, phone banks and more to push for Prop. 30 and against Prop. 32.

The lawbreakers have nothing to fear. No one in this Democratic-but-often-undemocratic state ever enforces the laws banning public employees from using taxpayer resources to encourage taxpayers to pay higher taxes or to encourage taxpayers to protect their union oppressors.

The comfort zone that teachers unions and their elected puppets feel in flouting the law just keeps expanding. In San Diego, when reporters began asking questions of school board President John Lee Evans over his use of school district email to push for passage of Props. 30 and 38, Evans not only wasn’t contrite — he had the infinite gall to suggest his First Amendment right to free speech was under assault.

But if the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers have a lot at stake with Props. 30 and 32, so do all Californians. Education reform that focuses on teacher performance and accountability is now so mainstream in U.S. politics that President Barack Obama embraces it with little backlash.

Yet in the Golden State, even as teachers kill bills to speed the firing of classroom predators, the argument that teachers are fighting for the best interests of students is somehow accepted by many parents and far too many in the media.

If only they would listen to Woody Allen. In his 1973 comedy, “Sleeper,” Allen constructed a post-apocalypse world that contained an in-joke for New York audiences: the nuclear war that obliterated the planet occurred after “a man by the name of Albert Shanker got hold of a nuclear warhead.” That was a reference to the Manhattan teacher who turned the teachers union movement toward militancy beginning in 1959. Shanker shut down New York City schools in 1967 and 1968 with illegal strikes — one of which lasted 36 days.

And after he died, who gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom? President Bill Clinton.

It’s about time Californians figured out what Woody Allen did 40 years ago. Teachers unions are not remotely about protecting kids. They are about protecting their own power. The students? Many individual teachers are wonderful and dedicated. But to their unions, kids are props — cute, handy props. Props used to prop up Prop. 30 — and to pull down Prop. 32.


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  1. us citizen
    us citizen 22 October, 2012, 13:36

    No, no no…….on 30 and 38

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 22 October, 2012, 13:42

    Shocked…to ye timbers….unexpected surprise….unprecedented….not surprising….who would have thought……hmmm…..well…..dah!

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    NTHEOC 22 October, 2012, 14:38

    Now here is the truth on prop 32!!

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  4. TB24
    TB24 22 October, 2012, 14:43

    That video couldn’t be farther from the truth about Prop 32…you should be embarrassed.

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    NTHEOC 22 October, 2012, 14:57

    Don’t be fooled by what the proponents claim is political reform. The real agenda of Prop 32 is to weaken California’s middle class and silence the political voices of teachers, firefighters, nurses and other workers so that billionaire businessmen can grab even more power over government.
    Proponents call Prop 32 the “Stop Special Interest Money Now Act”, but in reality it is the “Special Exemptions Act” because of the loopholes it creates that benefit powerful corporate special interests and billionaires. They could still give unlimited millions to the secretive “Super PACs” that threaten our democracy and influence elections, but teachers, nurses and firefighters would lose our ability to advocate for our students, our patients and the safety of our communities. VOTE NO ON 32!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 22 October, 2012, 15:10

    “Yes” on Prop. 30; “No” on Props 32 and 38.

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 15:13

    Seesaw, 30 is dead, it is dead, so is 38.

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 22 October, 2012, 15:48

    Prop 30 will pass because everyone loves Gov Buzzard’s beloved, cute, cuddlee dog.

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    NTHEOC 22 October, 2012, 16:01

    TB24 says:
    That video couldn’t be farther from the truth about Prop 32…you should be embarrassed
    Ok TB24, then what’s the truth? why are the Yes on 32 supporters , which has tallied around $9 million as of late September, come from mainly wealthy individual donors such as Westco Financial Corp. CEO Charles Munger Jr. and Siebel Systems founder Thomas Siebel. But the largest source of finance has come from the American Future Fund, a conservative nonprofit organization with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers that funneled $4 million to support the prop. So TB24 why are there special exemptions for secretive Super PACs, wall street investors, big developers and other corporate special interests?Are you ok with that?

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  10. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 16:35

    Prop 30 will pass because everyone loves Gov Buzzard’s beloved, cute, cuddlee dog.
    Teddee, what did I SAY?? The bet is still ON, you lose YOU DISAPPEAR from cwd for 30 days, I lose I will do the same.

    Put up or shut up you lil yapper chihuahua 😉

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 16:37

    OMG ntheoc, you clowns even do VIDEO productions now!!!!

    That is a left wing public employee hit video……..but it was well done, I give credit fOR the production values, I hope it was all taped in CA… you kept the $$ in-state!

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  12. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 22 October, 2012, 16:52

    Glad you liked it rex!!

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  13. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 16:54

    “We don’t have too many days left and we need everyone,” he said at a morning news conference at the San Francisco headquarters of Local 1021 of the Service Employees International Union, which was adorned with “Tax the Rich” signs.

    “Tax the Rich” signs, as he bills the $100K-$300K gov employees tab to the poor through a regressive sales tax. Pathetic

    The Democratic governor told about 100 union members that he needed their help for what he called the “difficult campaign” to stave off $6 billion in automatic spending cuts to schools by passing Proposition 30.
    “Difficult” translation= DOOMED. 30 is going down, the cat (public employee pensions and overall compensation) is out of the bag, and that genie is not going back in the bottle.

    Betty Robinson-Harris said she was planning to spend the afternoon knocking on doors for Brown because students cannot bear to lose more days of school because of furloughs. “The public has to know and buy in because the children’s education is at stake,” said the 59 year-old early education teacher.

    LOL.. “…it’s for the children…” mantra again! It is NOT for the children, it is for the pocket books of the CTA, period.

    Adding to Brown’s troubles this week was the Arizona-based group Americans for Responsible Leadership, which poured $11 million into the Proposition 30 opposition campaign but did not reveal the source of its money. On Saturday, Brown called the donations “complete money laundering” and said that the group that took in the donations, the Small Business Action Committee, could not guarantee that no laws have been broken.

    This is ironic/laughable, as Clown is taking huge campaign contributions from public employees and then funneling OUR/TAXPAYER income to those same public employees at a 100-1 ratio. THAT IS MONEY MAUNDERING and straight up corruption and fraud. Hypocrisy

    But the semicircle of teachers standing behind him cheered loudest when he mentioned the importance of defeating Proposition 32, which would prohibit the way unions raise money for political activity.

    That is all you need to know about Clown, he is INTHE POCKET of the trough feeders.

    I was a HARDCORE democrat my entire life, and I LOVED Brown when he was Gov back int he 70’s, and I HATED Deukmejian, and Wilson, yet the last 15 years have been disastrous for the poor and middle class b/c the Dems have been bought off by the public unions. I always hate republicans b/c they were never behind or worked for the working man, only the rich and well off. Now I think dems and repubs are both the enemy fo the poor and working man, as they force regressive taxes on the poor to fund the 1%-10%er life styles of the trough feeders.

    Sorry for the rant folks, but this state must do better, it must stop the hijacking of the legislature by special interest money, and public unions are the biggest threat to poor and middle class people today.

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  14. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 16:57

    ntheoc, how long have you been a FF??? I assume you’re on the 3%@50 scam.

    Question- does your muni “pick up” your/employee side of the pension contribution?? If not how much % is being deducted?

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  15. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 22 October, 2012, 17:08

    I got hired in 1999 and yes I am in the 3%@50 pension formula. My dept has since changed to the 3%@55 for all new hires. The city used to pay the full portion of my pension, I now pay 6.25% toward the 9% and no doubt will eventually pay the full amount.

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  16. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 18:41

    Cool, at least they have you paying a portion of the employee side- so many muni’s still p/u the employee portion…..hopefully that will change.

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  17. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 22 October, 2012, 21:47

    YES on 30 !!!

    0 for 13 ™ praying to be 1 for 14 ™

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  18. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 22 October, 2012, 23:13

    Shun the posting oink!

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  19. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 23:26

    Teddy, glad to see you back……….you going to disappear for the month of November after I destroy you on Prop 30????

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  20. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 23:29

    Teddy……………If I destroy you on 30 AND 38 will you stay gone for Nov AND December 😉

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  21. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 23:30

    Please say yes, that will make me the happiest dog in the world 🙂

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  22. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 October, 2012, 23:53

    I just checked my CALSTRS report on line……..less than 1% return, LESS THAN 1%!!!!!!!!!! I am shocked!

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  23. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 23 October, 2012, 05:44

    Yikes— 4 posts from Zero the Dog in 20 minutes! MMMMMEEEEEEELLLLTTTT DOOOOOOOOwn !!!!!!!

    0 for 13 ™ !

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  24. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 23 October, 2012, 08:55

    Shun the posting hogger!

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  25. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 23 October, 2012, 10:13

    Teddy is RUNNING away from the bet-he KNOWS 30 is going down in flames!!!!!!!!!!!

    OK Troughie, new bet-if prop 30 looses you only stay off CWD for TWO weeks, and if it wins I will stay off for FOUR weeks… still running scared with your tail between your legs lil gurl????????

    OMG this is so funny-Teddee is running for cover in every direction he can, he KNOWS 30 is a goner 😉

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  26. BobA
    BobA 23 October, 2012, 11:11


    The proposed tax increases has the greatest impact only on those who can least afford to pay higher taxes. The high income earners will weather the higher tax rates for the time being and those of us who are fortunate will not be affected by these tax increases at all.

    I have every reason to not care one way or the other about these ballot propositions to raise taxes. Never the less, I do care about those who are less fortunate than myself.

    No one, I repeat, no one should have to bare the burden of an out of control government that has an insatiable lust to spend ever increasing amounts of other peoples money. Especially those who can least afford to pay for a government that treats the working class like they’re teats on a dairy cow.

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  27. Moravecglobal
    Moravecglobal 23 October, 2012, 16:08

    Einstein on Prop. 30, Prop. 38 – “Spending more money on doing what has been done in the past and hoping for a better outcome is insanity”.
    Have the innovative, thoughtful, insightful, creative teachers and faculty create methodologies to increase learning with significantly reduced resources $. Be American do more with less!
    No on 30, No on 38 and No on 32

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