Stop subsidizing Cobb teacher ‘union’ at taxpayers’ expense
August 06, 2013 12:34 AM | 8951 views | 6 6 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend | print

In one episode of the hit series “House of Cards” the protagonist Congressman is frustrated by teachers’ union officials unwilling to sign onto education reforms. In unionized states teachers in charter schools, for instance, are freer to opt out of unions and their partisan liberal-Democrat politics.

But Cobb taxpayers footing the bill for collecting union dues through payroll deduction plans have no opt-out, even though Cobb is largely a county of Republicans and independents.

The National Education Association, known in Cobb County as the Cobb County Association of Educators, has endorsed and funded every Democratic nominee for president since the 1970s and only Democrats for Georgia governor. A web search on “NEA contributions” shows where the cash ends up.

Thanks to recent legislation non-political teachers having second thoughts are free to quit such teacher groups at any time. It’s now time our elected officials also stop subsidizing union partisanship at taxpayer expense.

Ron Goodden


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August 21, 2013
Thank you for pointing this out. With diminished tax revenues and strained county budgets it's hard to believe resources were ever deployed collecting and forwarding union dues.

Who is voting to continue this?
August 10, 2013
Ron it's been awhile. I guess you received some funding to 'Astro Turf' from your pals at ALEC / Americans for Prosperity /Koch Brothers to spread the same garbage in the guise of a Letter to the Editor. I googled Ron Gooden and wow Ron you sure write a lot of Letters to the Editor around the US and other countries spreading the Koch agenda.

You keep writing the same bs about Unions in GA. Ron there are NO teachers unions in GA it's against the law for public sector employees to belong to unions. But your jack booted Koch Brothers are paying you to spread their extreme agenda.

Under your logic regarding payroll deduction teachers should not have ANY payroll deduction unless you approve it right? What about 403b's, Dental Insurance, Life, Medical, .... I'm sure some of the insurance company's are not on the Koch Brothers approved list. Hey Ron would it be OK in your extreme agenda if teachers had Payroll Deduction to Americans for Prosperity?

Ron your Koch Brothers BS is not better then the extreme left BS of the Democrats. Both sides are EXTREME. Ron can't you come up with something else beside Teacher Unions in Georgia?

Yes Ron I'm a public school teacher in CCSD. I do not belong to any 'Unions' aka Teacher Associations but I do HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO SO if I choose at least for now until the ALEC controlled GA Legislature says I can't.

Go polish you boots Ron have a nice day.
R. Goodden
August 12, 2013
“CobbParent” above illustrates how CCAE and the NEA ended up politically radicalized and estranged from the average teacher.

A small but fierce core of such partisan diehards dominate these organizations and push what once were mere teachers’ groups – into political activism on behalf of the Democratic Party and liberal causes which have nothing to do with education.

Do a web search on “NEA contributions” to see examples.
Guido Sarducci
August 12, 2013
Did you write this blog just to show you know how to spell Ron's name? I mean you use it 8 times in this short offering.

As to the content of this piece, it is typical liberal BS. If you don't like the message attack the messenger.

I certainly hope you are not serious about being a teacher. It would be a shame to have our kids taught by one so incompetent in the construction of a coherent piece of communication.
Trish M.
August 07, 2013
Funny how none of this politics stuff is ever mentioned by CCAE when it's time to sign away a hefty chunk of my monthly paycheck!
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