Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Badass Teachers Association - No Early Endorsement NEA Letter
President Eskelsen-Garcia and NEA Leadership,
It has come to our attention that there will be a motion from NEA leadership to consider a Presidential Primary Endorsement for Hillary Clinton.
We, the members of the BATs, feel it is important to share our views with you and hope that in the future the voices of teachers will be heard in a meaningful and significant way.
Therefore, we the undersigned members of BATs, would like to request that the National Education Association make NO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ENDORSEMENT.
In the last several decades, our public education system has come under fire and been attacked by those who would systematically destroy OUR GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS through corporate designs and privatization. They do so through a political system influenced, manipulated, and controlled by corporate reformers who seek to profit from our students while undermining the foundation of our strong union presence. We strongly believe that continued support of candidates who have aligned themselves with the very people who are perpetrating these efforts is neither wise nor prudent.
Furthermore, we believe that a candidate worthy of the support of NEA must agree to the following points: 
First, an unyielding, solid commitment, both verbal and written, to pursue a robust public education system, advocating for excellence and equity for all students as well as working conditions for educators that advance the profession;
Second, we want educators to be viewed not as experts in our field and are treated as such;
Third, we would like to see a business-style view of education halted and recognized as a failure.  We would like to see this model replaced with a student-centered vision that is objectively evaluated and openly transparent;
Fourth, the adoption of a new approach that supports and invests in public education infrastructure and modernization.
These are not commitments to be made lightly by any candidate yet they are commitments that are essential for public educators. Currently, no Presidential candidate has made such commitments. Therefore, we believe that NO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ENDORSEMENT of any candidate should be made.
BATs believe in unions and will always support them. We want to believe that actions taken by our union leadership reflect the values and wishes of its members. In light of the looming Friedrichs vs. CTA decision which will threaten the ability to collect agency fees, it is our hope that teachers would feel respected in the actions taken by union leadership on this question of primary candidate endorsement.
We ask that our leadership hear this message and refrain from making a Presidential Primary Endorsement.
In Solidarity,
The Badass Teachers Association.


  1. Makes me glad I'm a BAT! I simply don't understand what President Eskelsen-Garcia hopes to accomplish with an early endorsement? I know that teachers and education will be the worse for it, not the better.

  2. Please represent us honestly. Ask us first!

  3. Get the assurances publicly before giving the endorsement, please.

  4. I will not vote for Hillary Clinton she is part of the problem.

  5. Please do not make this short-sighted endorsement. I will not help teachers in any way and will only harm us to do this at this time.

  6. Member: HEA, VEA, NEA
    No early endorsements for anyone!

  7. Sign me up one this.

    --Justin McGehee,
    high school teacher
    Stockton, CA

  8. Do not endorse anyone yet!
    Jeff K. (Murrieta, CA)

  9. I do not support Hilary Clinton. Please do not endorse any candidate until you ask your membership through survey what/who they would like to support. Thank you.

    Lydia VandenToorn
    Godwin Heights EA, Kent County EA, Michigan EA, and NEA

  10. This is reprehensible. Mrs. Clinton is supported by corporate crony enemies of public education. Thank you BAT for asking for no early endorsement.

    Sergio R. Mandiola
    BHEA, CTA, and NEA member,

    Los Angeles, CA


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