Oakland Education Association Scaring Parents For Profit

I am not a teacher basher, or a union basher. I am a teacher and a union member!

But Oakland, California's union, the OEA, has put out a letter to parents regarding a one-day strike that teachers hope will bring about negotiations that were ended when the school board decided to impose a contract on the teachers, as districts are allowed to do under certain circumstances.

The letter, below, starts out fine. It's the last paragraph. Go read it...
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So, what do you think? They are using fear. They are claiming that the substitutes are ill-prepared, or worse. And it's all implicit, nothing concrete. Just be afraid of the grownups in the school, they might hurt/neglect/abuse/whatever your kid.

There is a thread going on at The Education Report, a local blog by a local reporter. I made some comments there, and folks responded.

I think the letter is outrageous and they should be ashamed of themselves and retract it. What do you all think?

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