The Teachers and Sonny

I’m reliably told that this past week there was a large gathering of teachers in Atlanta for a conference. The Governor, Mark Taylor, and Cathy Cox were all suppose to attend. Cathy Cox and the Governor did not show up and Mark Taylor was well received. Taylor got many applause lines including when he slammed the governor’s record. When it was announced that the goveror would not be present, there were “sarcastic groans of disappointment.”

Now, I’m no fan of teachers unions. But, considering the teachers had a good deal to do with the fall of Barnes, perhaps the governor’s team really needs to see what needs to be done (if anything) now.

One caveat: I think it is total crap that the teachers demand yearly payraises and want to hold the governor hostage to their pocketbook. The Republicans would be wise to begin aggressive strategies to cut the teachers unions off at their knees.


  1. Melb says:

    Teachers are underpaid and overworked. I think it is total crap that they don’t get paid better. If the republicans try to cut off teachers unions it will only piss them off and a sure way not to get the teachers approval. Your reasoning makes no sense….the governor’s team really needs to see what needs to be done, and then cut off the teachers unions… which help them get better pay and the reason they are paid attention to in the first place.

  2. Booray says:

    I think the GOP legislative leadership did something to undercut the teacher’s union in GA this past session but I don’t remember the details. Something about insurance. Perhaps someone else can enlighten us…

  3. GAWire says:

    >>”””Teachers are underpaid and overworked.”””

    That is the understatement of the year! Teachers absolutely deserve more; however, their unions are not the answer. Getting teachers and schools what they deserve is going to require a lot more than the unions attempting to strongarm in politics, b/c they won’t win and it will only harm the system as a whole. Change in this area must be addressed and implemented at the top, so we can make sure our teachers receive what they deserve and are able to improve the overall quality of education in GA.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Booray: Yes, there was a plan in place, actually. A modification to a senate bill was attempted that changed something significant in the insurance and would have weakened the teacher unions drastically. The amendment, conceived by the Governor’s office, was offered by Senator Shafer, and because Bill Stephens and Eric Johnson didn’t like Shafer, they called the amendment out of order just on the basis that it came from Shafer.

  5. Booray says:

    Simon: Perhaps what you say is true (no knowledge one way or the other), but I seem to recall someone in the House saying it had passed there. I would then expect the Senate to at least follow suit. Again, not sure – just something I overheard months ago during the session.

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