IEA/NEA RA and email: Bizarre Cognitive Dissonance.
This is NOT a joke or satirical essay, although I sincerely wish it was.
Today, Illinois Education Association President Cinda Klickna hosted a Representative Assembly (IEA/NEA RA) presentation/debate between the two Illinois gubernatorial candidates at 2:00 pm Central Standard Time.
Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Bruce Rauner (R) are both anti-teacher, anti-union, anti-pension, pro-charter, pro-school closing, pro-high stakes testing candidates who openly state their identical agendas.
What happened at the debate? What is IEA leaderships response to the event? What message has been sent out to active and retired teachers regarding the IEA’s position?
The sole correspondence I have received is this email with a 6:17 pm time stamp.
This is bizarre by any standards. The auto-email list of Spring Savings certificates for Kohl’s, Target, Sears, etc. arrived. Yes, there are rewards for being a dues paying member of IEA – special savings for teacher union members only.
To say that this is poor timing is obvious. It’s the silence, the absence of any commentary about the debate that is painful.
We want real leadership. We want to be informed and not merely propagandized by election year TV ads and sound bites delivered by the candidates’ campaign managers and billionaire financiers.
Why are teachers in despair over IEA leadership? Who is watching the store? Who has our backs?
What the hell is going on?