[T]he California Teachers Association...will play a major role in deciding how far those changes will go, if they go anywhere at all.
And based on a conversation with the union's leaders this week, it sounds as if the CTA is going to be very skeptical, to put it mildly, about major changes in the way the schools do business.
CTA President Barbara Kerr said her 335,000-member union will fight any attempt to overhaul the schools...
The CTA isn't likely to entertain such changes any time soon.
...would have to be bargained separately in each of the state's thousand-plus districts as part of their union agreements...
"We are putting our money where our heart is," Kerr said. (Notice she didn't say anything about using a brain. --Darren)
[T]hey do support increased flexibility -- as long as it does not endanger job security for teachers.
For starters, they would like to start by getting rid of the requirements of No Child Left Behind...
So, the CTA. Partners in your child's education, or selfish obstructionists? You decide.
Update, 3/26/07: If you're a California teacher and don't like what you're reading, perhaps you should consider joining CTEN.