Catherine Barrett started a "grass roots" movement called RedForEd with a fellow teacher named Noah Karvelis. What she didn't realize was that this movement would be hijacked by a pro-union movement. The Arizona Educators Association (AEA) was working with union leaders to bring union organizing teachers to Arizona to organize teachers. I have been getting private messages and chats from teachers for a long time about the inner workings of RedForEd. But never a look into the beginning of the movement and how it was changed into a union movement.
RedForEd has dwindled in numbers. They had over 70,000 march on the state Capitol. But now they struggle to get a dozen people to show at rallies or protests. They hide everything they do from the public. Their Facebook pages are private and they refuse to even answer questions on their pages. They will only take or answer questions via private message. They block ant teacher that disagrees or asks too many questions. They've accused me of hacking their pages as well. The interview with Catherine is an inside look at how far the unions will go to get a foothold in Arizona and should be a huge warning to those of us committed to remaining a right to work state. But worst of all, it is a distraction from education. Teachers and students are being bullied if they don't participate in things like wearing red on Wednesday or putting pro RedForEd signs in the classroom. That is why Catherine is collecting signatures to get a classroom code of ethics proposition on the 2020 ballot. Click on the podcast link below to hear the interview.
To learn more about her effort the website is http://classroomcodeofethics.com/