If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that we have touched on John Flanagan quite a bit. Flanagan, a New York State Senator who represents portions of the Comsewogue School District, is also the chairman of the New York State Senate’s Education Committee. You may remember that in November we rallied outside Senator Flanagan’s office while he cowardly hid inside. You’ll recall that an editorial in The Smithtown News referring to New York’s education reform agenda said…
Call it the King/Flanagan agenda, and it stinks.” They added, “Ever since NYSUT refused to endorse him for re-election in 2010, Mr. Flanagan has been out to get public school teachers and he is hell-bent on taking the public school system down with them. He has jumped to the center of the charter school bandwagon, which drains money from public schools, he has fostered implementation of an inherently unfair and flawed APPR system, he has ushered in the misguided and premature implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and he has allowed the implementation of the abusive testing of students.
By now you know the story of Flanagan calling Comsewogue District Office to complain that one of their teachers, Beth Dimino, did not speak to him in a deferential tone. You know that Flanagan has known ties to ALEC and that his top campaign contributor was Michelle Rhee’s organization Student’s First. Suffice it to say John Flanagan is certainly an enemy of public education.
So imagine my surprise last night when the tweet below scrolled across my Twitter feed…
With Senator Flanagan – we will never relent, we will support all children pic.twitter.com/8aiKwKJw8K
— Andy Pallotta (@AndyPallotta) January 28, 2014
Ah yes, Revive NYSUT’s Andy Pallotta, cozying up to the reformy John Flanagan. Pontificating about how “we” will support all children. You may remember that Flanagan wasn’t endorsed by NYSUT in his bid for re-election in 2012. However that did not stop Andy Pallotta from sending him $3,000 of VOTE COPE funds anyway. That seems to be Pallotta’s way of doing things. Don’t worry about who NYSUT has voted to endorse or what is best for the rank and file, make sure you fill the coffers of your reformy pals. We already know he has contributed $10,000 to “Cuomo 2014”. It makes you wonder how much money he will give Cuomo, even if NYSUT votes not to endorse Cuomo in his re-election bid.
Despite the fact that NYSUT elections are rigged because of the Unity Caucus stranglehold on the UFT leadership, we must find a way to oust Andy Pallotta from his office of Executive Vice-President. Rank and file members around the state should be contacting their NYSUT delegates and telling them “Vote NO to the Revive NYSUT slate!”