UTLA Votes on Confidence in John Deasy: Fair and Balanced?
Seriously…who is calling me the “rational middle?”
My viciously anti teaching Union views are actually toned down for Tales of Adequacy…I honestly think that sticking to labor centered, instead of student centered views is a major part of the reason our educational system is a mess. The UTLA organization is having a vote, right now…one part is on the “Initiative for the Schools Our Students Deserve.” The other part is a vote of confidence on Superintendent John Deasy.
As a union…they really don’t have a say in who the Superintendent is. It’s kind of like students getting together to vote on who their least favorite teacher is. It’s mean, to be sure, but at the end of the day, no one really cares.
A not for profit called E4E, or Educators For Excllence, asked me for comment on this. Specifically, on whether I felt that the Union was presenting balanced information, that could be used to gain a real litmus test on how concerned teachers felt. I was amazed at the request. A simple google search on the opic brings you the the LA Times, here, where it is openly discussed that President Warren Fletcher of UTLA is using the Union newspaper and website to basically push an agenda.
Don’t trust me. Click here, and check the UTLA website. Simple fact…there is an anti Deasy information side, but no pro Deasy information side. That’s less fair and balanced than Fox News, True Believers.
Better than that is this. I say this because when Fletcher was on our campus, refusing to deal with hard questions about HIS leadership, he said, “Don’t make a cartoon out of the way I have handled this.” He meant that figuratively, but, as you have seen, I regularly do that. Ironically, his website, the UTLA homepage, has been delivering only political cartoons of Deasy, literally making a cartoon out of his leadership. In fact, in my statement to E4E, I pointed out that hypocrisy, and the very ludicrous nature of the idea that any Superintendent that has ben as embattled at this guy would engage in such low grade supervilliany. Too much press. It’s just not smart.
Here’s an example:
Strangely, the Initiative for the Schools Students Deserve is getting very little press. That’s sad. Instead, a popularity contest being run by the people from the other side of the bargaining table is making headlines.
Deasy is tough. He makes hard, unpopular decisions, and he doesn’t sugar coat anything. I’ve met him a few times, and the fact is, he stands for things I can get behind. Making sure kids are safe. Making sure they are learning in class. Making sure good teachers are retained, and bad teachers cycled through. Cracking down on child abuse. All things I’m good with.
Hence, why we are back to Baby Union Hulk in the art. Out of shape, and a big crybaby, complaining about things that are a fact. The Darth on his shoulder, and loud mercenary telling us how to vote is my own propaganda, the heavy handed metaphor for clearly only showing one side of the argument.
The pony cannon? Just awesome. Representing the ability to fire back in the media, both here, and otherwise. I might not always like Deasy…but I don’t think I could do a better job. He had to deal with Miramonte, a Doomsday Budget…and he didn’t blink. He in fact demanded that we STOP layoffs, threatening instead a shorter school year…because cuts were going too far. There are diverse, rainbow like combinations of teachers that share the same view, and haven’t had any of the hard line Union Kool Aid. We get to vote too.
Although, I’m sure that the vote will come out anti-Deasy. Almost has to. Thankfully, it doesn’t affect him at all.
I think it would be better if the Initiative for the Schools our Students Deserve got more press. It would be even better if it was a more student centered slate. I’ll probably discuss that, and its meaning, sometime next week.
The original, uncolored pencils for today’s art is below: