State Policy Network pens instruction manual for discrediting teacher strikes:
The new rightwing strategy to discredit the strikes that have erupted in protest against cuts in education funding and poor teacher pay is contained in a three-page document obtained by the Guardian. Titled “How to talk about teacher strikes”, it provides a “dos and don’ts” manual for how to smear the strikers.
Top of the list of talking points is the claim that “teacher strikes hurt kids and low-income families”. It advises anti-union campaigners to argue that “it’s unfortunate that teachers are protesting low wages by punishing other low-wage parents and their children.”
I have to give credit upfront to the NCAE and all of our teachers who have washed over the NC Capitol grounds with a sea of red for several years now. It would not surprise me if Civitas was a driving force behind this propaganda manual, because they've been trying to attack the Moral Mondays movement with whatever tools they can, up to and including publishing the names and photos of those who dared to challenge Republican leadership. And it also comes as no surprise that money (tax cuts for the wealthy) is at the core of this devious attack on teachers:
The SPN document urges its followers to attack the walkouts stealthily, rather than criticising them directly. A head-on assault on teachers for their long summer vacations would “sound tone-deaf when there are dozens of videos and social media posts going viral from teachers about their second jobs [and] having to rely on food pantries”, it says.
The guide, written by SPN senior policy advisers, is revealingly candid about the difficult position that conservatives find themselves in within states that have aggressively cut taxes at the same time as slashing education budgets. “For those of you who are in states where you’ve cut taxes recently, that is sure to be a theme in coverage. That is obviously a challenging message to counter.”
You're damn right it's a "challenging message to counter." The same can be said on the national stage, as the GOP tries its sleight-of-hand to leverage the massive deficit caused by their tax scam to cut away the social safety net. People across the country are watching a lot closer than they have in the past, and that game no longer plays as well as it did.
BTW, not that I need to do this, because it's easily discovered, but in case you're wondering how/why I made the connection between the State Policy Network and Art Pope:
North Carolina Affiliates
John Locke Foundation
Contact Name: Kory Swanson
Contact Name: Donald Bryson
The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
Phone: (919) 828-1400
The Martin Center was formerly known as the Pope Center...