Isn't it ironic, that the California Teachers Association and all of its locals are complaining about the reduction of state education funding? When it was the CTA who wrote and supported Prop 98 in 1988 which locked in guaranteed education funding? Did these well educated professionals consider that business, personal income and sales are cyclical? And that there might be a future where California's revenues suffer a decline? Now CTA is sleeping in its own bed and eating its own dog food, due to their poorly designed proposition (which, by the way, passed with only 51% of the vote) and is demanding that everyone else pony up with new taxes.
Now CTA has called a "CA State of Emergency" (Web Link) for May 9-13 and plans a series of state-wide union actions including a week-long occupation of the state capitol.
Making this "An Emergency for Thee, but not for Me". Pleasanton's own teacher's union president made a call for this week of action while at the same time inking an agreement with PUSD that increases all teachers' salaries by 2.7% for next year.
As we see with the events rolling out, CTA (Web Link and Web Link) is funding teacher release time and transportation for teachers to go to Sacramento.
So let's see how this works. Taxpayers fund school districts. School Districts pay salaries to teachers. Teachers pay mandatory dues to unions. Those unions pay a portion of dues to the CTA. And CTA is using our taxpayer money to fund a week-long occupation of our state capitol.
Andrew Klavan has a great video which explains this well (Web Link).
To all teachers in California. Have a great week protesting.