is on the verge of breaking one of
the nation’s most powerful teachers’ unions Alabama
Daily Caller – Jeff Poor – 3/7/2013
The newly elected Republican legislature and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley enacted measures to prohibit public employees from having dues for political activities paid through payroll draft. That measure is much like what Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and that state’s Republican-led legislature pushed in 2011.
But perhaps the biggest blow to the AEA came last week when the state legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, which made school choice, private or another public school, possible for the family of a student, if he or she is attending a failing school.
Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, the mastermind behind the legislation, sees the court ruling and other efforts to thwart its passage as the teachers’ union’s last gasp.
“They look at this as an issue that’s a do-or-die issue thing,” Marsh told The Daily Caller. “They go to do all they can to defeat it. It’s unfortunate. But you know the AEA works for their union. They don’t work for the children or the parents of this state. We do. And this legislation was designed from day one to give those parents and children of those failing systems a shot. And that’s what it’s about.”
AL.com politics writer Charles Dean described it as “perhaps the single greatest defeat for the AEA in the last 44 years” for the once all-powerful entity.
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