Teachers’ union endorses Hillary Clinton over weekend. Backlash begins.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the endorsement of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers this weekend, which was not a surprise. The union endorsed her over Barack Obama in 2008, and AFT President Randi Weingarten is a longtime Clinton ally.

In a statement on the AFT website, Weingarten said, “Hillary Clinton, a product of public schools herself, believes in the promise of public education. From early childhood learning through higher education, she sees how that promise can create real opportunity for kids, building a much-needed bridge to the middle class. Hillary understands that to bumper sticker 6_20_13reclaim the promise of public education, policymakers need to work with educators and their unions. She’s ready to work with us to confront the issues facing children and their families today, including poverty, wage stagnation, income inequality and lack of opportunity. Hillary is the leader we need to help us reclaim the promise of public education and, indeed, of America.”

The AFT statement included a comment from Clinton: “I know from my own family that teachers have the power to change lives. We need to make sure every child has access to a quality public education and teachers with the tools to help them succeed. Our country’s future depends on the education we give all our children — and giving them the best means working with the teachers and school personnel who help shape their futures each day.”

The endorsement is already causing a backlash, including a petition on Change.org urging the AFT to withdraw its Clinton endorsement. Some petition supporters prefer Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to Clinton.

The petition, which drew 2,500 signatures in the first 24 hours, states:

Today, the American Federation of Teachers officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. There are several reasons why this is unbelievable, but here are the top three:

1. Hillary Clinton is on record for supporting the expanded use of charter schools, which directly and negatively impacts public education.

2. Clinton also is in favor of tying teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests. These tests are proven to be biased and an inaccurate measure of student achievement.

3. Other candidates are much more teacher friendly. For example, Bernie Sanders is a product of public education and wants to help teachers teach in a holistic way, not just teach toward a test.

Among the comments from educators signing the petition:

•We need someone who is committed to rebuilding public education to its former glory. This will not happen if teachers, parents and communities do not unite and stand against the corporatization of public schools. The support that Hillary receives from Wall Street, and gives them in return, and her misguided support of charter schools clearly shows whose interests she is working for. End Clinton Cronyism and support the candidate who has always had the interest of the 99% at heart, Bernie Sanders.

•We must save public education and completely end the charter/voucher school idea!

 

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AhmirHaddad
AhmirHaddad

I would vote for Saddam Hussein's rotting corpse before I would vote for that Hillary Clinton scum.

SouthGATeacher
SouthGATeacher

Liberals and their unions and hopes for utopia. They are also the ones making even more horrible sausage out of the Senate's version of ESEA reauthorization. We might as well let the current law sunset. 

TomGaff
TomGaff

Did the Teacher's union members endorse her as a body or was it just their Democratic leader who endorsed her? Think the liberal AJC is at it again folks!

catmom-scout
catmom-scout

Maureen, the fact that your headline says "Backlash Begins" shows where you stand. Waiting for my post to get deleted. 3...2...1...

CSpinks
CSpinks

"Politics" is what my late school principal-cousin answered when I questioned him about what was wrong with public schools in Richmond County/Augusta.


My professional experience with public schools has confirmed Skeeter's evaluation.


What do we  DO  to break the stranglehold of politics upon our state's public schools? 

When do we do it?

redweather
redweather

@CSpinks You will find there is a direct ratio between how little a politician knows about education and how convinced he is that he's been elected to fix it.  

class80olddog
class80olddog

@CSpinks" "Politics" is what my late school principal-cousin answered when I questioned him about what was wrong with public schools in Richmond County/Augusta."

I would disagree with him there.  If you looked closely at the problems with ANY school system, I believe you will find that the three most common are: discipline, attendance, and social promotion.  Is it "politics" that is driving the schools' response to these issues?  Only from the standpoint that educators these days have a set of beliefs "brainwashed" into them in Education College (no spanking, no retention of students, etc.).  That is the "reform" of the past 40 years.  THAT is what is wrong with schools these days, and when someone wants some "counter-reform", then it becomes "politics".

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

“If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

Astropig
Astropig

@MaryElizabethSings


Nobody is saying that unionism is unfair. The verdict is in: Unions are dying because they are simply anachronistic.They no longer serve their original purpose.

dg417s
dg417s

@Astropig @MaryElizabethSings And it is a sad thing - because the GOP has convinced people to vote against their own interest in the name of Christian morals.

30097
30097

@dg417s @Astropig @MaryElizabethSings 

The greed, arrogance and political corruption of union bosses is the real reason less than 7 percent of private sector workers now belong to unions. 

Republican legislatures in state after state have merely given workers the ability to vote with their feet.

http://tinyurl.com/nrvnzyr

Astropig
Astropig

@dg417s


"But then again, vote against your own best interest in the name of Christian morality."


Your religious bigotry really makes you look intelligent and urbane.Don't ever change.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@MaryElizabethSings Frank Lloyd Wright is dead and so are Unions, the Dems are already leaving the Unions in the dust looking to the illegal immigrants for their vote

Astropig
Astropig

@dg417s


I'm wondering just who threw that out there in this discussion besides you? You took a gratuitous slap at people you disagree with and for good measure attacked their faith (which you claim you share). Hard to see how that makes you anything but an intolerant bigot.


Just my opinion,but with like,93% of the workforce being opposed to unionism,you aren't going to win too many hearts and minds by attacking the faith of that other 7%,

dg417s
dg417s

I am a Christian, and I know what the Bible says and doesn't say about certain issues. My "bigotry" goes against ignorance thrown out in the name of God and trying to force it on others. That's the problem.

JFKDawg
JFKDawg

It's no wonder why our school system is as under-performing as it is.  Basic rational thought is obviously missing.

Scamwatcher
Scamwatcher

Crooks beget crooks. Birds of feather flock together. Criminals follow criminals. Enough said?

Starik
Starik

@Scamwatcher Politicians are politicians?  I'll vote for the most competent politician who will do the best job in the White House. 

dg417s
dg417s

@Astropig @Starik @Scamwatcher For what it's worth, I happily voted for Paul Coverdale, Johnny Isakson, and John Linder. Heck, I've even voted for Bob Barr. That being said, none had the outright goal of destroying American public education. I liked Bob Dole, Ronald Regan, and George HW Bush. Unfortunately, I wasn't 18 in time to vote for any of them. I almost voted for John McCain until he mentioned destroying public ed at the RNC in 2008 (competition is not the answer for a public good). It's not the party, Astro, it's all about the policy. Unfortunately, the Rs that get to the top of the ticket promote bad policy.

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

From a lifetime of union membership I can say that all union members never agree on everything. However if you want to influence anyone in politics you have to be involved all the time. I am not a teacher by the way but they probably have the most unappreciated job in our country and certainly the most underpaid. 

straker
straker

PITTFAN - "you're delusional"


Oh really?


Well, then, where's YOUR hard evidence she's a liar?


Talk radio doesn't count.

Parents & taxpayers
Parents & taxpayers

Many if not most teachers who belong to unions nationwide have no choice. To get or keep their job, it's required. They thus end up funding the union bosses’ favorite political party and social causes.

But look what happened in Wisconsin, a state which voted for Obama, when teachers were finally free to choose:

http://tinyurl.com/ol4y9uy

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

So the ATF President Weingarten endorses Hillary " I can't remember " Clinton, so much for the opinion of union people he is supposed to represent, just like a Union Thug Leader, they make the call and their membership be damned 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

To present a balance to the political thinking of some conservatives on this blog, I offer the following column by New York Times' columnist, Paul Krugman, summarized as, "GOP believes America is a Nation of Takers."


". . . Mr. Paul’s numbers are all wrong, and more broadly disability claims have risen no more than you would expect, given the aging of the population. But no matter, an epidemic of laziness is their story and they’re sticking with it."



http://www.salon.com/2015/07/13/paul_krugman_shreds_jeb_bush_and_the_gop_for_believing_america_is_a_nation_of_takers/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Infraredguy


In other words, America needs more economic growth, not more austerity cutbacks.  This is because when the middle class thrives economically, then everyone thrives financially because the middle class will buy more products from businesses which, in turn, will create more jobs to take care of the demand for more supplies. Economic growth has a circular pattern, creating even more growth.  Elect Hillary Clinton. She gets it.

Area Man
Area Man

@MaryElizabethSings 

I'd much rather hear your opinion that some cut-and-paste junk from Paul Krugman, or Fox News, or anyone else. If you have something to say, say it.

atln8tiv
atln8tiv

@MaryElizabethSings Aw gee, Mary Elizabeth...it's just like Jeb says. Americans just need to work longer hours! [eye-roll]

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Area Man 


I agree 100% with the point-of-view held by Dr. Krugman in his article, above.  I hope that you will read it, in full.  I could not have stated these political facts/truths better than Krugman, himself, has done, in this article.

Area Man
Area Man

@MaryElizabethSings

I don't doubt your belief or your sincerity. I do, however, think I see the point I was trying to make sailing off into the ether.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Astropig 


I had stated that I agreed with Paul Krugman 100% in this particular article, not necessarily in every article he has written.  I always think for myself.  If, however, my views overlap with Krugman's or anyone else's, I will not deny that fact just to "appear" balanced in my views to others.  Truth is more important, to me, than appearances.

Astropig
Astropig

@MaryElizabethSings @Astropig


Krugman has offered much advice to Greece over the last couple of years,much of which has been followed.I think we can all agree that that has been a roaring success.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Astropig 


You have misrepresented.


Greece has NOT taken Krugman's economic advice over the last few years.  Austerity cutting does not bring economic growth during financial recessions, according to Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner in Economics.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@MaryElizabethSings Krugman is a economics idiot, he DOES think borrowing and printing money is the key to success and Greece has been doing just that. so much for a Nobel Prize winner, the Nobel people lost all credibility when they gave one to him

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Infraredguy 


Paul Krugman's column in today's AJC is entitled, "Greece's economic woes a lesson for U.S. Republicans."  I'll copy 2 paragraphs from that editorial for readers to read:


"Greek debt is over 170 percent of GDP.  Is that because Greece just kept on borrowing? No - Greek debt is up only 6 percent since 2009, although that's partly because it received some debt relief in 2012.  The main point, however, is that the ratio of debt to GDP is up because GDP is down more than 20%.  And GDP is down largely because of the austerity measures Greece's creditors forced it to impose."


"If you worry that the U.S. might turn into Greece, you should focus your concern on America's right.  Because if the right gets its way on economic policy - slashing spending while blocking any offsetting monetary easing - it will, in effect, bring the policies behind the Greek disaster to America."

Astropig
Astropig

@MaryElizabethSings @Infraredguy


Growth= Banana republic finance,money printing.


Greece can't print money (they use the Euro) and you're seeing what happens when the rest of the world cuts them off from borrowing. Krugman is throwing a snit fit because they wouldn't leave the euro and start the printing presses to essentially cheat the people that lent to them by printing "money".


I'm sure that MES and her generation thinks that this is a great idea here in the US. They've been borrowing like crazy for their whole lives and they'll soon stick us with the bill.

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

@MaryElizabethSings @Infraredguy  So Hillary now has her own version of trickle-down economics? LOL

News to the electorate - 6.5 years under the beneficient rule of President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and the progressive Democrats have decimated the middle class.

And Hillary Clinton, along with Bill members of the despised 1%, pledges to save the rest of us from herself and her cronies.