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  • Teachers Union Claims Black School Choice Group Supports KKK

    A major state-level teachers union accused a group promoting school choice for African-American families of supporting the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in a series of statements on Thursday.

    The Louisiana Federation of Teachers accused the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) of advancing a “pro-KKK agenda,” in the words of one tweet sent from the union’s official Twitter account. Another claimed that the group “endorses teaching that the KKK is good.”

    The BAEO works to “increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working-class Black families,” according to its website.

    The teachers union asked BAEO over Twitter whether it supports teaching positive messages about the KKK. Unsatisfied with the group’s response, it unleashed a barrage of tweets claiming that BAEO endorses such teachings. Needless to say, those claims are false.

    Kevin Chavous, a prominent African-American school choice activist and former chairman of BAEO’s board, put out this statement on the union’s claims:

    This is an absolutely appalling move by an organization that has taken desperation to new and unseen heights. BAEO and its allies fight every single day to give children from low-income families access to the best educational options possible. We fight to overcome the institutional bigotry that has sentenced thousands of black children across the country to a substandard education. It’s a sad day when an organization like the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, which says it cares about kids, is among the organizations using degrading, race-baiting tactics to demean the very people who are doing their best to give kids hope.

    Neither the LAFT nor the BAEO returned requests for comment.

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    9 Responses to Teachers Union Claims Black School Choice Group Supports KKK

    1. Bobbie says:

      These democrat labeled, race accusers are the race abusers. Get their slanderous allegations away from OUR CHILDREN AND EDUCATION! Anyone stirring up the race card where racism doesn't exist should be grounds to sue civilly for defamation! "Code" words only the opposition is aware of was created by the opposition that's why they're so quick to decode anything they can fit into their agenda. What racist wouldn't admit it! The accusers of it! Holding back America to focus on their own personal insecurities trying to convince all they can the same. If a racists' ego gets out of hand civil law takes it's course, but today the admitted racists are the accusers whom are the only ones showing racism AND THEIR DESPICABLE DISRESPECTFUL, IMMATURE ADULT? BEHAVIOR!

      There's not a racist bone in a Republicans body, unlike democrats who have a history and can't work a day without their imaginary racism that pretends to convince their shallow and overpaid minds their worth something. What a waste of America!!!!! How non productive. Keep your personal input where it belongs. WITH YOU!! Using their positions to paranoid the minds of the vulnerable? THAT'S MENTAL ABUSE!!!!!! Abuse calls for legal action!!!!

    2. Katherine says:

      Are they surprised that a union would say or do anything to hold on to their power? For the union, it's never been about the kids, it's always been about money and power.

      From the horses mouth, Bob Chamin of the National Association of Education:

      "Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.”

      Additionally, the Democrat Party is not going to go against one of their biggest money spigots, the unions, even at the cost of educational opportunites for poor black children. The race baiting is just the usual stock and trade response that Democrats use to distract from the real issues at hand.

    3. Clearly they've already driven off the edge….'cuz – - – honestly this is really insane talk! Just curious – was the teachers union in Chicago…the one on strike?

    4. @s_h_murphy says:

      Uhhhhhhh… talk about barking up the wrong tree, guys.

    5. Don says:

      how about SEIU and ACORN who did and do they support??

    6. ScottinTexas says:

      To a Liberal, "racist" means goes against my agenda.

    7. Jim B says:

      Why wasn’t this national news?

    8. Noel Hammatt says:

      It wasn't national news because the national news networks, to some degree, check to see if it is news, or just an attempt to sensationalize something. The facts? BAEO supported the vouchers. The State Superintendent did NO due diligence before authorizing vouchers for many schools. Then, when national news DID point out real stories (like a group that had no school building, and taught via DVD's in front of the students via computers, and also had no computers for the number of students they were requesting) suddenly announced (after sending emails out about "muddying the waters" after the news got out about this school and others that had no occupancy permits and that had been operating illegally) that he was going to START investigating the schools. Meanwhile, it was discovered that some of the schools were actually using packaged teaching materials that did, in fact, claim that the KKK had worked at improving conditions in some of the communities. Basically, the Federation (and no, I am not a member of this or any other union, and was roundly criticized for voting against collective bargaining as a school board member) pointed out only that BAEO, which had argued against any real accountability for voucher schools, was now reaping what they sowed. They had, in effect, supported the teaching of racist materials in these schools. Pretty simple, and true.

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