Teacher Union Officials Bury Themselves Going “In For the Kill” of Popular Teacher Union Critic

Simon Campbell, a popular teacher union critic, school board member and Executive Director of StopTeacherStrikes.org, was targeted by the teacher unions in his own district recently.

Calling themselves a civic-minded group, the Concerned Residents of Pennsbury did some very uncivil tings, including a scheme to divide the district politically in such a way that “. . . cutting off the head of the snake. . .” was only the tip of the dung heap.

And it was all done with the forced dues Campbell is so critical of.  Hats off to a hero, Simon Campbell.  He’s definitely gone riding into the sunset wearing the white hat in this drama.

Here’s the story:

In asking a Bucks County judge to reconfigure the voting areas in the Pennsbury School District, a civic group accidentally submitted documents revealing that it was targeting members of the school board.

An internal memo and a letter to the state association of teachers’ unions zeroed in on board Vice President Simon Campbell, a staunch union critic.

Provided “the opportunity to cut off the head of the snake by denying Campbell a seat to run for, why not go for the kill?” the memo said.

The group, Concerned Residents of Pennsbury (CROP), and district officials agree that the voting regions need adjusting to balance the population of 71,000 and provide equal representation. They disagree on how to do it.

CROP’s plan “has nothing to do with trying to achieve balance between the regions,” district lawyer Jeffrey Sultanik said this week. “This is an effort to achieve an objective they have not been able to achieve at the ballot box or the negotiating table.”

CROP needed 940 signatures to support its petition, union president George Miller wrote in the letter, and 3,852 were provided on the CD.

The district is checking those signatures against voter registration lists, Sultanik, said.

“Though we haven’t taken a precise count yet, our guess is that only about one-quarter so far are good,” he said. “One gentleman’s name was printed on the petition, but it turns out he died in 2004.”