Worst Union in America Betrays Schools, Cripples State

May 22, 2012 07:49

How the California Teachers Association betrayed the schools and crippled the state – City Journal



Troy Senik at City Journal


… CTA—now the single most powerful special interest in California—organized a “State of Emergency” week to agitate for higher taxes in one of the most overtaxed states in the nation. A CTA document suggested dozens of ways for teachers to protest, including following state legislators incessantly, attempting to close major transportation arteries, and boycotting companies, such as Microsoft, that backed education reform.


Seen as a national leader in the classroom during the 1950s and 1960s, the country’s largest state is today a laggard, competing with the likes of Mississippi and Washington, D.C., at the bottom of national rankings.


CTA began its transformation in September 1975, when Governor Jerry Brown signed the Rodda Act, which allowed California teachers to bargain collectively.


In 2009, the union’s income was more than $186 million, all of it tax-exempt.


CTA had spent more than $210 million over the previous decade on political campaigning—…. outspent the pharmaceutical industry, the oil industry, and the tobacco industry combined.


CTA also funds a wide array of liberal causes unrelated to education, with the goal of spreading around enough cash to prevent dissent from the Left.



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