WisPolitics.com reported that Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, said this:
“Discussing the possibility of working with Gov. Scott Walker, Bell noted that teachers continue to provide input on policy and said if he’s willing to talk and listen, ‘we’re willing to be a partner.’ “
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Purple Wisconsin” (?) blogger Sunny Schubert observes:
That would be the same Mary Bell who, less than a year ago, childishly refused to participate in the governor’s bipartisan state-wide “Read To Lead” task force to reform reading instruction methods.
It’s good to know that, even if too many of our children can’t, Bell CAN read the writing on the wall — at least, the message posted there by state voters last week.
Well, does Bell have a choice? It’s pretty obvious that thanks to the collective bargaining reforms and the school district’s replacing the odious teacher union contract with employee handbooks (which is as it should be), teacher unions either have to play by the new playbook or get left on the bench. It’s also obvious that politically speaking, public employee union stock is as low as it’s ever been right now. When public employee union enemy number one Walker gains in margin in a recall election, well, the losing side needs to rethink its strategery, to quote George W. Bush.
One question, though: After the debacle that has been Recallarama, why are either Bell or AFSCME’s Marty Beil (pronounced “bile”) still employed?