CA Teachers Union Going Bust on Arnold Attack Ads

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said tonight on Hannity and Colmes that you must “Live Within Your Means”.

Unfortunately, the California Teachers Association does not heed to his advice.

According to Special Report on FOX News:


The California Teachers’ Association has apparently spent itself into debt trying to take down Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (search) upcoming ballot initiatives. And CTA financial director Carlos Moreno says this summer’s $60-a-year dues hike is merely keeping the union afloat.

The group has already spent the $50 million it raised to fight the initiatives — which would make it easier to fire teachers with tenure and increase restrictions on unions using members’ dues for political campaigns.

Now, the CTA is asking for an extra $40 million in credit to keep up the fight — on top of $34 million in loans the union is already paying down.

Arnold says that the ads aginst Proposition 74 continues to target Schwarzenegger as out to get teachers.

Schwarzenegger has said he wants to shake up a system that he says grants teachers a virtual job for life once they pass the two-year probationary period. Making it easier to get rid of poor teachers will improve the quality of education in California’s public schools, he said.

The Teachers are resorting to untrue ads, say analysts:

California’s teachers have been handily winning their battle with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for the public’s affections.

So why are they resorting to a hysterical — and essentially false — charge in their TV ads against Proposition 74, the governor’s teacher-tenure initiative?

Two anti-74 ads released last week by the California Teachers Association are “patently and demonstrably false,” the governor’s campaign complains.

There’s good reason for the indignation.

Each ad claims that Schwarzenegger has broken his promise to restore full education funding this year. It’s a disputable assertion, but a fair one. Then the ads say Proposition 74 “allows one principal to fire a teacher without giving a reason — or even a hearing.”

The teachers union offers a tortured defense of that statement, but its obvious intention is to leave the impression that teachers will be fired without recourse.

Not true.

In September, Landmark Legal Foundation has today asked the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to investigate the California Teachers Association (CTA) for the union’s use of nonmember teachers’ fees to illegally finance a multimillion dollar effort to defeat ballot initiatives in the statewide November 5 special election.

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