May 1, 2011

So Next Month's Field Trip is a Tea Party Rally, Right?

Monique Chartier

Obviously it will be, if the goal really is for Pennsylvania's children to participate in "good citizenship, free expression, fairness and thoughtful deliberation" and not that they are blatantly being used as pawns on an egregious scale to advance a selfish agenda.

On Tuesday, across the state of Pennsylvania, unions and other Left-wing organizations will be boarding buses and heading to the state capitol in Harrisburg to engage in a mass rally to fight for economic and social justice and against budget cuts. The rally, is being organized by the Coalition for Labor Engagement and Accountable Revenues (CLEAR) which is comprised of government unions, such as AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), PSEA (part of the NEA), SEIU, as well as the AFL-CIO, IAFF, UFCW and others. ...

In addition, there will be elementary schoolchildren bused in from all over the state.
In Lancaster, PA, concerned parents contacted the local newspaper with their concerns, which caused one school to cancel the “field trip”:

Plans to have Wickersham Elementary School students participate next week in a rally opposing cuts in the state education budget have been canceled in the wake of complaints from parents. ...

In a letter to parents accompanying the permission slip, James said the trip would provide an opportunity to “model the role of good citizenship, free expression, fairness and thoughtful deliberation.”

“Please join us as we … travel to Harrisburg to let our voice be heard for a responsible budget for public education,” he urged parents in the letter.

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There should be opt-out slips, like any other field trip. If you don't want your kids going, opt out. Some parents do it for trips to amusement parks, too.

Posted by: bella at May 1, 2011 11:12 AM

Kids shouldn't be part of a political rally as part of a field trip-EVER! What's the matter with these people?

Posted by: michael at May 1, 2011 11:55 AM

This is disgusting.if it were a pro-gun or anti-illegal immigration rally I'd say the same thing.
A field trip should be to a venue where children can learn some empirical stuff untainted by politics of any stripe.
Or,alternatively to have some fun.
Childhood ends real quickly these days.
My grandaughter looks forward to the weekly "Lego Club" where they build
stuff st the library.

Posted by: joe bernstein at May 1, 2011 2:15 PM

These things seem to bring out the ugly side of people. If you watched the Providence School Committee meeting where the so called adults were shouting down the committee and then picture that on a massive scale, then you would need to be nuts to allow your kid to attend.

Posted by: Max Diesel at May 1, 2011 2:31 PM

This is outrageous and may be illegal (Hatch Act, etc.)

Posted by: Dan at May 1, 2011 2:49 PM

*Clarification - I mean state legislation like the Hatch Act, although there may be other federal prohibitions

Posted by: Dan at May 1, 2011 2:51 PM

A state version of the Hatch Act?it would wipe out the legislature.that'll happen when I fill in for Paul Pierce.

Posted by: joe bernstein at May 1, 2011 8:25 PM

Yet another reason why the failed, communistic, pedophile infested "public" schools need to be exterminated.
School Choice is the issue that would keep Republicans the majority party.

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at May 2, 2011 7:45 AM
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