Did the four million dollars the NEA received from Bill Gates have any influence on your opinion of the CCSS?
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First, I was never surveyed regarding my feelings regarding the Common Core. I don't believe there is "overwhelming" teacher support for it as well. Perhaps you could take the time to read and respond to teacher/blogger Mercedes Schneider's article regarding the NEA survey: http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/nea-says-its-members-strongly-support-common-core/.
Secondly, I'm wondering if the 6.3 million dollars the NEA accepted from Bill Gates back in July has anything to do with your support of the CCSS. http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/a-brief-audit-of-bill-gates-common-core-spending/.
My union is supposed to serve its members, not the small group of corporate plutocrats who have developed and implemented the CCSS. The members of the NEA serve, first and foremost, the parents and students of their school districts. Across the country, parents are becoming aware of the impact the CCSS is having on their schools, and they are rebelling. Ten thousand parents on Long Island, NY opted their children out of state standardized testing. This is only the beginning. By accepting Gates' money and shilling the CCSS on his behalf, the leadership of the NEA has placed the union on the losing side of this argument, to the detriment of its members.
I believe in the necessity of the union, especially at a time when so much wealth and influence been aligned in an attempt to bash teachers and destroy public schools. However, when the union fails to listen to its members and allies itself with the selfsame corporate reformists who would replace our locally controlled public schools with for-profits, it is time to part ways.
My dues this year will go to our districts library fund or needy-children fund. I doubt you'll miss it since you're now being funded by Mr. Gates.
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