Teacher Union Political Honcho, Paul Egan, has an even better resume than I thought. In addition to his alcohol-fueled tizzy fit in a fancy restaurant with two-dozen other union hacks over the portion size (which is something that he may have a habit of doing), Egan also has the distinction of being caught cheating when proctoring exams as a middle school teacher in 1999.
According to the NY Daily News:
The special schools investigator fingered Egan, a social studies teacher, 11 years ago for his part in the cheating scandal. “Teacher Paul Egan used several different methods to cheat,” the investigator reported. The probe found he would tell students before a test to sharpen their pencils – and then depart, leaving the answers to the first 11 questions near the sharpener.
Because he loves children, Egan reportedly told his class: ”Don’t tell anyone that I helped you or you’ll be the ones who get into trouble.” Ah, education at its finest.
And thanks to incredibly difficult fair dismissal procedures required by the union’s collective bargaining agreement, Egan was not punished for these transgressions beyond having a letter of reprimand added to his file.
Given the type of people who are the leaders of the UFT, including cheating, glutinous, bullies, I can see why Diane Ravitch switched her views and became such good friends with the NY teacher union.