Teachers don’t always listen to what their union tells them.
And despite the cuts coming to education that must be done thanks to the Strickland Budget Deficit, there is one very easy way for Republican John Kasich to get on their good side.
From the Dayton Daily News:
Kasich told the Dayton Daily News he’ll move to switch back to five calamity days, commonly called “snow days,” after he takes office in January. “We live in a climate where we have bad weather,” said Kasich, acknowledging that his ear got bent by his daughter, Reese, and Elin Hansen, the 10-year-old daughter of his chief of staff, Beth Hansen.
One of the questions I would always ask of a trio of teacher friends of mine when I’d see them over the holidays, “what are you looking for from your next Governor?”
In that small sampling of Independent voters, calamity days would be mentioned before anything about budgets or funding.
Teachers know their budgets will be cut. They know teachers will lose their jobs. That wouldn’t have changed no matter who was governor.
And now they know that Kasich recognized something that had become a challenge in their profession…and he fixed it. That doesn’t go unnoticed or unrewarded.
Kasich, like Chris Christie, likes to say he’s a friend to teachers, but in opposition to their unions. This is a clear sign that his relationship with teachers will be improving.