Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another political scandal, Teachers Association boycotts Race to the Top

A federal grand jury is investigating allegations of public corruption against DA Michael O'Keefe, that resulted from a wire tap of an alleged bookmaker operation more than a year ago.

Authorities are looking into whether O'Keefe protected alleged bookmakers operating on the Cape and gave favorable treatment to the grandson of one of them in an unrelated criminal case.

Look for this to make headlines if indeed, O'Keefe or his office are implicated in wrong doing. Although he's an elected R, it may well turn out that we see more D's and R's go down this year for yet undiscovered wrong doing. Those connected to the Amy Bishop case are being grilled as we speak and would not surprise me to see someone go down for that also.

I've seen it all now. The second largest teachers union in the State has decided to boycott the application to the "Race to the Top" program offered by Obama, perhaps jeopardizing 250 million in grant money. All this over rules set forth for teacher and school performance. Paul Reville, our states education chief is quoted in the Globe as saying, "the federations boycott constitutes a real threat to our capacity to be successful with this proposal".

Sad to see how much power the unions have over our children s education future.


At April 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Frank S. said...

Jim, is the Framingham teachers union part of the group boycotting this Race to the Top program? In my opinion, if someone is against being held accountable for their job performance, it is usually because they know they are doing a lousy job.

At April 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Jerry G. said...

Teachers union in this state is far too powerful. What we need is a students union that has the same power and money to spend on getting the kids a good education!

At April 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

What do you think about the casino bill passing Jim? Is this a good or bad thing? Will Patrick veto it do you think? I need a job, so I am thinking this good be good for me.

At April 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Frustrated in Framingham said...

Who is this guy O’Keefe? Is her our DA? Lots of questions on this, but lets start with these, why were they doing the wire tap, was this DA placing bets, what exactly did he do in that instance where criminal charges were involved for someone, and most importantly, is he still serving as the DA?

At April 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM , Blogger JJ said...

Unions are a good thing in principle, but too many of them have lost site of what they were designed to do. I think we need unions, but if they are not willing to work and negotiate with employers in these unprecedented economic times, then they are part of the problem, and we need to find a away to get them out of the way.

At April 15, 2010 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Just wondering said...

What is the status of O’Keefe’s job as DA? That is what I want to know. And dam the teachers union. Look at the politicians they support. They support the people who don’t want to be held accountable for their actions, and that is because the teachers union does not want to be held accountable for their actions. It is a big old mess. Congrats by the way on the win the other day.

At April 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM , Blogger Abra said...

Seems everything I read here is about the screwups of politicians. Way too much of that going on all over this country. Makes Sarah Palin look like a simple idiot instead of a dangerous person. Guess it is all relative.

At April 16, 2010 at 1:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So election results show write in candidates for many of the town meetings slots. How do you know if those people are now actually town meeting members? And how do town meeting members get the information they need to be ready for the town meeting starting next month? Seems the process is not really clear to us newbies. But I am betting event though you are a newbie, you know more than the rest of us do.


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