Well, local media is now on the “Walk In” Story. That’s good and bad.
Here’s the good:
Teachers taking this thing back are getting a forum with parents in their communities to discuss crucial points of interest that impacts them in their specific schools. Take Holly Ridge Elementary for example. They’ve put up their own independent site taking charge and setting the record straight. Holly Ridge apparently heard the criticisms from parents on the original messaging delivery is owning this their way. GOOD. BRAVO!
Here’s the bad:
Per normal, the local outlets are glossing over some of the details in an effort to be expedient. That’s a nice way of saying covering the rear ends of certain involved parties like the NCAE and their “member led” Organize 2020.
NCAE President Rodney Ellis spent his day in front of the media explaining a non-controversial walk-in on Monday… http://t.co/7LlZxneNdA
— ncae (@ncae) November 1, 2013
Reminder: Send those completed petitions to Larry Nilles, c/o Wake NCAE, 3900 Merton Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27609
WRAL does a nice job of completely excluding that association in this report:
@wral Your Walk In video doesn’t mention clear NCAE Organize2020’s social media involvement. http://t.co/33DZXdbxjC pic.twitter.com/POpJLRpJz7 — LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) November 2, 2013
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) November 2, 2013
This event should belong to and be owned by the teachers who got on board in the first place. WRAL’s video shows a screen grab of the Teacher “Walk Out” site blog page but it’s an archived blog page from September. Why not show the current front page? This is part of what is on the front page.
Spin-tastic. Did you catch the theme there? WRAL provides cover for the NCAE’s Ellis who is subtly throwing teachers who disseminated materials NCAE provided under the bus. The report does adequately show how both parties interviewed are playing tug of war though. Teachers: Get out of the middle. Own it yourselves.
WRAL and local leaders should also be aware that I tracked down the Walk Out/Strike Facebook event originator – “Mike Ladidadi“. It’s also been alleged by some who have contacted me that these two organizations were attempting to steer, if not drive, the teacher “Walk In” after quashing the “Walk Out” idea. So while the original Facebook event might not have been NCAE started, the attempt to control the next incarnation of a protest most definitely was.
I’ve received some criticism for posting that information to which my response is that I protected the other individuals in the article by removing their names. This event, this story – it’s gone state-wide and created a bit of a firestorm. The originator should be located. Frankly, I was surprised the local media outlets or the HuffPo had not figured it out first. It took me about 30 minutes of searching.
Update: WNCN’s piece is equally shameful and doesn’t link to or mention any of the activities that were planned in or at schools.
Still, that’s not silencing critics like Wake County Republican Party Chair Donna Williams. In an email sent to media outlets this week, she said of the walk-in, “Apparently, those parties promoting the event see no problem using students to deliver their message of unionization and to promote their upcoming union rally; however, the Wake County Republican Party does.”
Ellis says the criticism is not fair.
“I don’t think there’s any crime behind just sitting and having a conversation,” Ellis said. “I don’t know why it’s such a fearful idea that parents come to the table and begin having dialogue with educators about what it takes to be successful in our schools.”
Parents we spoke with outside an elementary school in Raleigh saw no problem with it.
“Having a conversation” was never the issue, Mr. Ellis. The NCAE’s “member led” group Organize 2020 made this mess, don’t blame parents who object or by proxy label them as criminals. The involvement of our kids in this process was the issue.
Having said that, characterizing the upcoming event only as a ‘union rally’ isn’t fair either. Clearly there are a lot of issues on the table. One of which should be for those involved in the “member led” Organize 2020 to explain their “we want a union” line in their mission statement on their website.
Dear WNCN – did these parents you asked see the flyer or the website associated with it? Did they know some schools planned these events to be broadcast on in house television systems? Did you also ask NCAE why they scrubbed the “Walk In” event from their website and then decided to put it back up?