While speaking in front of the Natomas Unified School Board in response to a Project Veritas video outing an Advanced Placement Government teacher for his controversial teaching methods designed to transform his students into Marxist revolutionaries, California Policy Center’s Executive Vice President made the following statement in the public comment section (starting at minute 20:21, slightly edited for clarity):
“Thank you for your time, Board President, Board members and Superintendent Evans. I appreciate it. We’re gathered here today because we have teachers who have decided to become indoctrinaires and not educators. And that’s a challenge. One of the challenges I saw tonight is that the teachers union decided not to show up and defend this teacher. The question is how many other teachers and actions have they defended in the past that have not been appropriately dealt with?
“I would encourage all teachers within the sound of my voice to reevaluate their membership within the Natomas Teachers Association or the California Teachers Association. These two organizations do more to harm the education of our kids than most other organizations in this state.
“Going forward, I appreciate that your working through a thorough investigation into this teacher. I hope that it continues. But I also hope that you look for those other teachers for which the previous teacher indicated are in the district and still teaching. We have got to give parents a chance to choose for the best of their kids’ education and opportunities for the future. Again, you have scores of parents and concerned citizens behind me and at the California Policy Center, for which I work, we are dedicated to helping those that don’t want to be a part of their union to leave. You can go to mypaymysay.com and leave your union and save your money and save our children.
“Thank you for your time.”
After the meeting, Christensen told the California Globe: “These teacher unions are cowards. While they didn’t show up to defend the revolutionary teacher in the boardroom, you can be sure they are fighting to preserve his job behind the scenes. Teacher unions have so long intimidated school administrators, covering for incompetent — and in this case — dangerous and predatory teachers. Teachers who support their unions in these circumstances become complicit in the damage. California lawmakers would do well to eliminate teachers unions and let parents and principals collaborate in the kind of instruction their children should receive.”