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Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Ugly, mean and expensive"

KVNU's For the People quotes the Wall Street Journal Editorial:
Voucher Showdown
August 29, 2007; Page A14

The Utah legislature passed one of the nation’s most far-sighted voucher laws in February, and the state teachers union is calling in the national cavalry to help repeal it in a November 6 referendum.

Last month Kim Campbell, the head of the Utah Education Association, schlepped all the way to Philadelphia to speak at a National Education Association convention, where she asked the board of directors for financial support to oppose school choice. Ms. Campbell promised that her campaign to defeat it “will be ugly, mean and expensive,” and she needs the outside cash to overwhelm pro-voucher supporters in the state. Look for other liberal activists to pour cash into what will be the most significant state-wide ballot test for school choice in years.

The Utah union chief made her out-of-state trek, by the way, even as one of her spokesmen back home denounced the “river of money from out-of-state ideologues intent on starting a voucher experiment in Utah.” Apparently, out-of-state contributions are only tainted when they’re used to support something the teachers union opposes.

In any case, Ms. Campbell’s plea didn’t fall on deaf ears. Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency, a union watchdog, reported recently that the Utah union’s $3 million request for its anti-voucher campaign was approved. The union’s executive director wouldn’t confirm or deny the amount when we inquired, but she did volunteer that “we’re reaching out to the national affiliate for support and assistance, and we’re hoping it will be significant.” You can bet it will be.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Jeremy said...

Hmmm..."ugly, mean and expensive" adequately describes the work done thus far by pro-voucher lobbyists. They’ve spent hundreds of thousands of out-of-state dollars purchasing politicians willing to vote their way. They’ve spent millions of dollars on hideously ugly and offensive billboards, radio ads and gay baiting push polls in support of private school subsidies. They’re planning on paying a small army of people $15+/hour to go door to door proselyting the glories of middle class welfare in the form of vouchers.

Do you really think UEA can do worse than what these jokers have already given us?

8/30/2007 4:37 PM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

So, Jeremy is essentially saying that it's OK for our teachers to behave unethically because some voucher support groups have done so?

8/30/2007 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see where Campbell has acted "un-ethically".

It sounds more like sour grapes from the privitize everything group.

8/30/2007 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, it's the Wall Street Journal. They are calling BS on UEA hypocrisy and shining light into how they plan to run their anti-voucher campaign.

8/31/2007 8:54 AM  
Blogger Joshua said...

Correction, Dude, it's a "Wall Street Journal Editorialist." Perhaps he is just giving his opinion. Certainly the word "schlepped" to describe someone's travels hasn't been used in any legitimate news story I've ever read.

If you were gearing up for a fight against someone over something worth fighting about, wouldn't you look to others of your same opinion for help? ACM is bringing the heat to push their agenda in our state. If we want to fight back we shouldn't use "ugly, mean" tactics but we should sure use any help we can get to have our message heard.

I'll eat my words if the UEA uses the NEA's money to do straight baiting push polls.

8/31/2007 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Private school, private funding said...

Dear friends, please vote NO on school vouchers!

The voucher system on the surface sounds like a good idea. Parents
would get money from the state of Utah to use on the school of their
choice. Sounds good right? After all shouldn't parents have the right
to choose which school to send their children to.

Of course parents should have this choice, but not at the expense of
the taxpayers. Many private schools discriminate against atheists and
homosexuals. Public schools are not allowed to, although it still happens. Sometimes students are kicked out of private schools
because of their beliefs or sexual orientation. Would you want to
fund a school that discriminates against Jews or Blacks? Me either.

Some religious schools teach that all non-Christians will burn and
suffer for eternity just because they do not believe in the right
religion. Some religious schools teach that evolution is a lie and
that creationism is science. People will argue that the school is
private therefore it is their right to teach such things. I agree,
but then don't make me and the countless other Utahans who don't want
to promote these messages fund it! It doesn't make sense to call a
school private and then give it public funding.

This voucher system that has been proposed is also contrary to Utah
's Constitution:

Article X,
Section 9. [Public aid to church schools forbidden.
Neither the state of Utah nor its political subdivisions may make any
appropriation for the direct support of any school or educational
institution controlled by any religious organization. .

Article X,
Section 1. [Free nonsectarian schools.]
The Legislature shall provide for the establishment and maintenance
of the state's education systems including: (a) a public education
system, which shall be open to all children of the state; and (b) a
higher education system. Both systems shall be free from sectarian
control. - my emphasis

Please vote NO on Vouchers and pass this message on to all your
friends in Utah. Thank you for taking the time to read this message.

9/27/2007 4:33 PM  

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