Teachers in an Illinois school district are threatening to walk
unless their demands are met, but parents and residents are telling
the school board to stand strong against the union.
Geneva School District teachers are
grumbling over raises and retirement enhancements, and Steve
Gunn of the Education
Action Group Foundation (EAG) says school boards are often
under pressure to cave to union demands.
"When parents have to suddenly arrange for childcare to figure
out where their kids are going to be during the day because the
teachers are on strike, the parents start picking up the phone and
calling the school board and saying Give them what they want
-- and it's a very effective tactic," Gunn admits.
But he is encouraged by the taxpayers in this district telling
the school board to stand strong because they just cannot afford to
meet the union's demands.
"These folks had the guts to show up at a school board meeting,
where there are a lot of teachers there … they showed up en masse
to show their discontent with the school board," the EAG spokesman
reports. "These residents had the courage to stand up and say
You know what? If they walk, let them walk."
This is just one of eight proposed walk-outs in Illinois since
the beginning of the school year.
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.