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"Who The Heck Are They Endorsing?!" - Part Six

In honor of the days leading up to Election Day, we are going to feature some facts about candidates that surprised us…and we thought would also raise the eyebrows of our fellow progressive reformers fighting for our kids every day.

We thought we’d just offer a sampling of some folks who are anything but progressive, but who have somehow earned the thumbs up of their local teachers unions.

Tim Bivins

 

  

Name: Tim Bivins (R-IL)

Office: State Senator, 45th District

Endorsed by: Cook County College Teachers Union & Illinois Federation of Teachers

Tim’s views on:

  • Same-sex marriage - NO!
  • Concealed Firearms - Of Course!
  • Expansion of sex education - Absolutely not!

Senator Tim Bivins managed to land not one, but two Teachers Union endorsements! Both the Cook County College Teachers Union (whose endorsements are mainly Democrats) & the Illinois Federation of Teachers supports him. He has very conservative views: He voted against same-sex marriage and against expansion of sex education, and is strongly pro-gun.




"Who The Heck Are They Endorsing?!" - Part Five

In honor of the days leading up to Election Day, we are going to feature some facts about candidates that surprised us…and we thought would also raise the eyebrows of our fellow progressive reformers fighting for our kids every day.

We thought we’d just offer a sampling of some folks who are anything but progressive, but who have somehow earned the thumbs up of their local teachers unions.

Pam Roach 

 

 

Name: Pam Roach (R-WA)

Office: State Senate, 31st District

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Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: College presidents' pay should be tied to academic success

 

By Mary Nguyen Barry, Policy Analyst, Education Reform Now

On Friday, Maryland became the first state to set minimum academic performance standards for Division I coaches and athletic directors to qualify for salary bonuses. In an era when NCAA football and basketball are big business, Maryland is rewarding at least minimum academic grit alongside greater athletic glory. Every state should do the same.

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"Who The Heck Are They Endorsing?!" - Part Four

In honor of the days leading up to Election Day, we are going to feature some facts about candidates that surprised us…and we thought would also raise the eyebrows of our fellow progressive reformers fighting for our kids every day.

We thought we’d just offer a sampling of some folks who are anything but progressive, but who have somehow earned the thumbs up of their local teachers unions.

Chris Gibson 

Name: Christopher P. Gibson (R-NY)
Office: State Representative of District 19
The issues:

  • Voted to ban federal health coverage that included abortion
  • Against marriage equality
  • Against gun control
  • Voted against removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2011

Endorsed by: The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

Representative Gibson’s views of abortion, marriage equality, and gun control show how anti-progressive he is.

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"Who The Heck Are They Endorsing?!" - Part Three

In honor of the days leading up to Election Day, we are going to feature some facts about candidates that surprised us…and we thought would also raise the eyebrows of our fellow progressive reformers fighting for our kids every day.

We thought we’d just offer a sampling of some folks who are anything but progressive, but who have somehow earned the thumbs up of their local teachers unions.


Mike Turzai

Name: Mike Turzai (R-PA)
Office: State Representative of District 28
Endorsed by: Pennsylvania State Education Association
Most Famous Quote: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

Yeah, he actually said that.

Mike Turzai represents District 28 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and is running for another term.

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