Movie shows teachers' unions can be bullies against reform
They ran into most of the same tactics and worse. Some parents who refused to withdraw their signatures from the takeover petition had their pictures taken by teachers' union operatives, worrisome in a community where a good part of the 58-percent Hispanic population undoubtedly has shaky immigration status. The school district stalled consideration of the petitions, then claimed that the signatures of parents whose kids had graduated or dropped out no longer counted.
The tactics were so egregious that a judge finally ordered the school district to knock it off. The parents hope to have their school up and running next fall. Maybe it will offer a remedial course in civics for unionized teachers.
Glenn Garvin is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Email: email@example.com