In late March the delegates from the California Teachers' Association (that's "teachers' union" to you non-teachers, one of the largest and most powerful in the state) unanimously denounced the Students Matter lawsuit against the state of CA. The lawsuit (Vergara vs. California) challenges teacher dismissal procedures used in the state (which are approved by the CTA). Those procedures make it next to impossible to fire a teacher for cause or incompetence. Out of almost 300,000 teachers in CA, only 10 or so are fired each year.
The CTA has enough money to have its own Political Action Committee. Of course the PAC is less about improving education than it is about furthering the union's agenda.
None of this is new news. The trial has ended and the decision is in the hands of the judge. But it occurred to me today - who do the students have on their PAC? Do they even have a PAC? Of course not, at least, not until now. For the first time, ever, students have a PAC in the form of the Students Matter coalition. Google it to find out more.