Friday, March 4, 2011

Woods: Huffman & Haslam's Collective Silence on Collective Bargaining

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Jeff Woods, in the CP:

Teach for America executive Kevin Huffman was named Gov. Bill Haslam’s education commissioner Thursday and declined at his introductory news conference to give his opinion about the most controversial issue facing teachers in the legislature.

Asked for his view on the Republican bill to strip public school teachers of collective bargaining rights, Huffman declined to answer.

That's because his new boss intends to do all the talking on the issue, right? Woods again:

As he has done for the past two weeks, since the issue pushed the front of the legislature’s education agenda, the governor also pointedly refused to give his opinion.

“There are still some twists and turns in terms of how all that develops,” Haslam said of the collective bargaining bill. “We’re in the middle of those discussions. At the appropriate time, I think we’ll weigh in. We’re not going to throw 100 things against the wall and see what sticks. We’re going to pick a few things that we think are really important.”

It's as if the campaign never ended.

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