At last some context on Central Falls, courtesy of a bold move by Jay Mathews. The amount of misinformation floating around about the situation up there is amazing, you’d think it would be inversely related instead it’s proportionate.
I’m surprised the unions want to turn this into Little Big Horn. The facts are not very sympathetic in this instance. Or overall for that matter: This is a state where the teachers union recently took a public stand that five consecutive years of lousy evaluations, not three, was a fair standard for losing a license to teach.
It’s too soon to say for sure, but it is starting to look like the teachers unions had a golden opportunity to update their act by moving on a few issues and being rightly praised for doing so but instead are in the process of squandering that window. That President Obama made a point of Central Falls is a good gauge of where elite opinion and the public mood is on this.
But while the President may have trouble getting factions in DC to compromise, he may be having that effect in Rhode Island: The local union is signaling willingness to move on some of the issues.