Rochester teachers’ union in meltdown over school board election

The Rochester Education Association, also known as the teacher’s union, is pulling out all the stops to protect their preferred school board members in next Tuesday’s election. Action alert emails were sent to teachers yesterday breathlessly exhorting them to show up at the school board meeting tonight to support the incumbents running for reelection.

The emails appear to be sent during work hours, a violation of district policy and state law, but union officials can’t be bothered with the rules at this critical juncture in our history!

The message from yesterday’s union email:

The school board election is heating up and this one will have real consequences if it goes the wrong way. Do you want to be told what books and materials you can use in your classroom? Do you want to be told that we cannot support students based on their gender identity? Do you want to be accused of sexualizing and grooming children? Do you want to turn in all of your lesson plans at the start of the year for public scrutiny?

The language in this email tells us a lot about the agenda of the union and for once it’s not even about salaries. They are desperately afraid of losing the ability to undermine parents and continue teaching about sex, gender and race to children as young as kindergarten. They know the current school board members will continue to protect them from public scrutiny. After all, they’re the experts.

School board races across the state are lining up as parents versus teachers with both sides putting up slates of candidates. In each district, the education establishment raises the same concerns about the parent-backed candidates.

Running as a slate is a questionable new practice.

Parents don’t have the expertise necessary to run the school board.

Parents don’t understand the role of a school board member. You just hire the superintendent and provide a broad vision.

Parent-backed candidates are part of a national conservative effort.

These condescending attitudes belittle the knowledge and passion of parents and ignore their role as the ultimate customers of public education.