(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
Greg’s post on the UFT elicited a unintentionally humorous response from my Sith Apprentice, Darth Leo, about how “Democracy flows in the life blood” of the teacher union. I asked Leo whether his union would support school districts holding school board and bond elections on the uniform November date. After all, it wouldn’t do to have someone taking advantage of notoriously low turnout affairs and riding on a high horse about “democracy” at the same time.
Leo, like any good egocentric New Yorker began to instantly conflate the goings on in NYC with the interests of the known universe. New Yorkers can be such hicks. Anyhoo, I wrote a response to Leo in this exchange, which he has left “awaiting moderation” for two days. Since Leo seems too distracted to moderate his blog, I’ll post the comment myself:
I have no dog in the mayoral control hunt. Whether or not I would support a move to mayoral control would depend upon the circumstances involved. Mayors are elected officials, even in NYC, so it seems obvious that there is a clear opportunity for the voters to express their displeasure at the ballot box if they wish.
You however are avoiding the broader question by obsessing over your parochial NYC concerns. Speaking only for yourself, shouldn’t someone who claims to have democracy flowing in the life blood of their organization be willing to state that maximizing voter turnout in school district elections is a good idea?
If you want to wrap yourself in the flag of democracy, shouldn’t you practice it? Instead, what I see is an organization supporting hundreds of school board candidates and bond elections every year in embarrassingly low turnout elections held on irregular election dates blowing hot air about “democracy.”
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