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  • November 29, 2021 7:57 AM | Kenneth Poppe (Administrator)

    In a development you will never hear in the mainstream media, on November 25th the Newport News shipbuilder Huntington-Ingalls stated they reject the proposed federal requirement of forced vaccination for employees of large companies. 

    This is significant for two reasons.  First, it is a reversal of their original willingness to comply, and second, as a recipient of federal defense contract money that most certainly could be placed in jeopardy, President Jennifer Boykin still felt it necessary to protect her 25,000 employees.  This stance joins the governors and CEOs in several states who have said they will not follow such mandates.  The same position is also taken up by professional medical groups, military commanders, professional athletes ... and most notably, judges who keep ruling such blanket mandates as unconstitutional. 

    To these trends, you can add how vaccinated people have been shown to still contract COVID symptoms at about the same rate as the unvaccinated - and that natural immunity is superior to even many of the low cost "unvacc treatments."  What's more, evidence is accelerating about the myriad of harmful side effects of the vaccines, especially for pregnant women and people with cardiac issues.  The sum total is that more and more maskless/jabless people are now going to work, shopping, and dining just as they did before the "pandemic," and even attending large motorcycle rallies, going to packed stadiums, and dining out as per normal.  By comparison, politicians in a few states such as California and New York maintain tight restrictions.  But in other states like Florida and Texas, Governors Ron DeSantis' And Greg Abbott's least restrictive policies and "freedom of choice" directives have kept infection rates extremely low.  Also growing is the realization that: 1) Dr. Fauci, the CDC, NIH, and WHO keep "moving the goal posts" of the dangers, 2) Liability-free drug companies promoting the vaccines want to keep showing quarterly profits in the billions, and 3) Many politicians and other celebrities who promote austere measures for others don't comply themselves.

    Finally, in a related story, on November 27th, a poll released by Morning Consult showed that nine out of the ten most popular state governors are against such federal mandates, and the governor who ranked tenth still has a higher approval rating than the President.  Why is the non-partisan Innovative Teachers of Texas interested in such developments?  First, facts are facts, no matter how inconvenient.  But more importantly, these facts support the nonunion stance that ITT strongly believes all students need to be back in classrooms where they belong, and in the presence of the master teachers who nurture them academically and socially.  

  • November 15, 2021 8:45 AM | Kenneth Poppe (Administrator)

    On November 12, 2021, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled against the Joe Biden OSHA vaccine mandate calling it “staggeringly overboard.” [The 22-page ruling and opinion is AVAILABLE HERE]The three judge panel upheld its previous decision to put a stay on the order by Joe Biden against companies with 100 workers or more.  The Biden administration had instructed the Department of Labor to require COVID-19 vaccines.  The Biden administration’s effort to use an Emergency Temporary Standard OHSA rule was rejected by the court citing numerous flaws in their review and ruling:  “The mandate is a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer that makes hardly any attempt to account for differences in workplaces (and workers),” Circuit Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote for the panel.

    Since teachers and administrators are government employees who obviously work in districts with well over 100 employees, the implications on education are obvious.

  • November 10, 2021 9:06 AM | Kenneth Poppe (Administrator)

    Late afternoon on Tuesday, November 9th, ITT held its first monthly all-member virtual meeting.  The one-hour Zoom session began with prayer, and then there was a Scripture devotion about "gifts and fruits" in teaching.  Next, Executive Director Jennifer Winter lead the group in a discussion about the challenges and blessings of working in today's classrooms.  One major theme that arose?  "How to combat the feeling of isolation in the face of so much pressure on education."

    Members discussed several topics, and often references were made to the "Hot Issues" link on the NEWLY REVISED ITT WEBSITE - which we hope all of you have taken the time to review.   The consensus was that the 60 minutes were well spent, and plans are in place to hold one on the second Tuesday of each month.  So please join us through the Zoom link you will receive for our next virtual gathering on Tuesday, December 14th.  You will be informed and uplifted!

  • November 04, 2021 2:42 PM | Kenneth Poppe (Administrator)

    On November 2nd, challenger Glenn Youngkin defeated favorite Terry McAuliffe to become the new Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Also, voters elected running mate and former US Marine Winsome Sears as Lieutenant Governor, and turned the Legislature over to the Youngkin/Sears party for the first time since 2009.

    This should be of special interest to educators because one of Youngkin's biggest campaign themes was to de-politicize education, and to repudiate many of the views about public school reform promulgated by teacher unions.  With mid-term elections about one year away, this could be a national bell-weather movement to return the focus on education to where it belongs ... to classroom teachers and their students.

    ITT stands with governors like Glenn Youngkin and our own Texas Governor Greg Abbott, because they align well with our views on several "Hot Issues" facing education.

  • January 15, 2020 4:27 AM | Anonymous

    Innovative Teachers of Texas is founded on a principle that a statewide teachers association should be focused on the classroom and not the hallways in and around the Texas Capitol ...

    ... and especially not the ins-and-outs of tax policy! That's why we found this article quite telling:

    It's not outside the norm for state educator unions to take a position on proposed constitutional amendments. After all, and in Texas, public K-12 education spends $60 billion of Texas's $217 billion budget.

    But what's raising eyebrows is why associations dedicated to education policy and teacher advocacy are weighing in on how tax revenue is collected. Two of the three major teacher associations in Texas are opposing Proposition 4, the amendment that would effectively ban a statewide income tax.

    Read more in The Hayride.

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