Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Being dramatic and lying hurts your cause

Recently the California Teachers Association put on a dramatic event and claimed that 40,000 educators had "been laid off over the past 3 years due to the state budget crisis."

In Filling the Empty Chairs Mike Antonucci looks at the numbers from the California Department of Education and reveals that the Union was lying.  From 2005 to 2009 the number of educators in government schools grew from 593,365 to 610,494.  This dropped to 600,0400 in the 2009 to 2010 school year, for a lost of 10,094.  Over the three year period from 2007-08 to 2009-10 the numbers only fell from 604,563 to 600,400, for a lost of 4,163.

It may be understandable to ignore the hard economic reality that the economy is in a tank and continue to push for more teachers, but when the union lies like this, why should we believe anything they say?

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