The Saratoga Springs Teachers Association, a local of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union, announced their endorsements today for the Saratoga Springs School Board. They have selected:
This now puts the full force of NYSUT ‘s PAC behind them. Over the years the teachers have established an impressive organization to support their endorsed candidates. It includes phone banks and mailings to all NYSUT members living in the school district.
Now I applaud the teachers for organizing themselves to be a force in their community. I applaud them just as I applaud Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools for similarly banding together to communicate their concerns to our community. It is called Democracy. Neither of these groups is gathering money from corporate interests. Both have relied on the contributions of many small donations from private citizens.
When John Brueggemann announced his campaign for the School Board he issued a press release in which he stated the following:
“I’m running the old fashioned way. No PACs. No outside money. No special interests. I’m not beholden to any partisan agenda.”
He now finds himself in a difficult position. As the readers of this blog will recall, I have criticized Dr. Brueggemann for what I considered a cheap and exploitive campaign which criticized the money SPSS raised and accused Shaun Wiggins, Ed Cubanski, and Dean Kolligian of lacking independence because they accepted the SPSS endorsement. In spite of his criticisms of the three SPSS candidates along with Connie Woytowich, Dr. Brueggemann sought and has now received the support of probably the most powerful PAC in the district.