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August 7, 2012

My previous blog talked about standing up to the teachers unions and taking back our educational system from the thugs. The unions have one objective, keep union teachers working and paying union dues. There is nothing in the union objective regarding actually teaching anything, as evidenced in the quality of the product.

Fox news reported the following today:

A Louisiana teachers union is threatening private schools with legal action if they accept money from a new voucher program – and the threat has already forced at least one school to put its participation in the program on hold.

The demand was sent a few weeks ago by law firm representing the Louisiana Association of Educators and several other interests, and it argues the state-approved program is illegal because participating schools would be receiving an unconstitutional payment of public funds.

The two-page letter further states if schools don’t agree, then the law firm has “no alternative” than to take legal action.
“Our clients have directed us to take whatever means necessary to prevent the unconstitutional transfer of public money,” wrote Brian Blackwell, of the firm Blackwell & Associates.

“Union leaders are stooping to new lows and trying to strong-arm schools to keep our kids from getting a quality education,” Jindal said.
Blackwell addressed the letter to a reported 95 schools after the union and others failed to persuade a court to stop the program. A district judge denied the group’s July 10 request for an injunction against the state on constitutional grounds.

Meanwhile, a state Department of Education spokeswoman said Monday that the program, which reportedly had 10,000 applicants, will continue amid the pending suits.
Opposition to voucher programs by teachers unions is nothing new across the United States, as the unions fight to keep taxpayer dollars in public schools and to keep unionized teachers in classrooms. However, the tactics of the Louisiana teachers union appears especially aggressive.

“We’ve never seen anybody go after private schools like this,” Susan Meyers, spokeswoman for the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, said Monday. “To actually intimidate, it borders on thuggery.”

Meyers said such a response suggests the union is fighting to keep teachers employed amid a major expansion of the program while Louisiana has one of the most under-performing public school systems in the country.

So, the courts decided the unions are wrong, the schools systems sucks so bad it is ONE OF THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY so the unions resort to threats and intimidation.

It is time for public sector unions to go away.

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