Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Educating our children?

I was disappointed that Ah-nuld's effort to break the back of the teacher's union in California failed. I had an inchoate feeling that the union has little to do with teaching, and everything to do with indoctrinating. Now, thanks to new disclosure laws, I have facts to back up my feelings:

If we told you that an organization gave away more than $65 million last year to Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Amnesty International, AIDS Walk Washington and dozens of other such advocacy groups, you'd probably assume we were describing a liberal philanthropy. In fact, those expenditures have all turned up on the financial disclosure report of the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers union. Under new federal rules pushed through by Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, large unions must now disclose in much more detail how they spend members' dues money. Big Labor fought hard (if unsuccessfully) against the new accountability standards, and even a cursory glance at the NEA's recent filings--the first under the new rules--helps explain why. They expose the union as a honey pot for left-wing political causes that have nothing to do with teachers, much less students.
You can read the rest here.