Our local president, Andrea Flinders, gave a wonderful speech at the board meeting, telling the board we as a union didn't want to see any good teachers fired. “We as a union are going to hold you accountable that not one single effective teacher is terminated this year,” Flinders said.
And the union members, in their blue AFT shirts, packed the meeting. There were no empty seats and teachers stood in the aisles.
When Andrea finished talking, the looks on the board members faces were absolutely priceless. It was a great solidarity moment.
I talked to a reporter at the board meeting tonight who told me that the TFA contract grants $3000 per TFA intern to TFA - a $450,000 finders fee?
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