Wondering what happens when no one stands up for what’s right? Take a look at two state issues where too few educators opposed bills favored by those outside the profession.

Both Chambers Pass Bill That Bans Out-Of-School Suspension, Expulsion of Young Children

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Additional $23 Million For Traditional Public Schools ‘Sugarcoats Bitter Pill’

In the first instance, a bill brought about by an advocacy group comprised of litigators were able to ram legislation through when too few educators (teachers, administrators, and BOE) opposed it. In the second example, charter school operators lobbied hard, convincing parents in two urban school areas that the only thing standing in the way of their opening was Governor Malloy to provide the funding. The Governor rolled over and began pushing for legislators to support the charter expansion.

Despite these setbacks, the BFT leadership thanks those Bristol teachers who have contacted legislators this past week to support the union position on various issues.

And for those who didn’t, what are you waiting for? How bad does it have to get before you will act?

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