State teachers’ union boss gives MUSD thumbs up

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benf | 04/24/14
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Cites district’s belief in teachers

 

He doesn’t think everything is perfect in Madera Unified, but Dean E. Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association, thinks the district is at least on the right track. This is the message the state’s union leader brought to Madera in an unprecedented visit, and the message he will relay in a presentation this weekend.

On the day of their return to school from spring break, more than 200 teachers left their classrooms Tuesday at 4 p.m. to hear Vogel and to interact with him. They were joined by Superintendent Ed Gonzalez and several of his administrative staff as well as David Holder and Amanda Wade, leaders of the local chapter of CTA.

Anyone expecting a bulldog attack on school administrators and the school district by the leader of California’s 325,000 public school teachers were disappointed Tuesday, although Vogel is fully capable of leading the charge against those he considers to be enemies of education.

Billionaires like Eli Broad and Bill Gates have drawn his ire in the past as they allegedly “push to privatize schools, narrow the definition of student and school success, tout unproven reforms as gospel, and undermine the roll of educators and their unions.”…

 

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