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Opinion: For teachers, the devil you know vs. the devil you don’t

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.comand is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

Come Nov. 4, there will be a lot people holding their noses in Connecticut. And it won’t be because of the onset of cold and flu season. The two major-party candidates for governor aren’t exactly the most likeable people in the world, but perhaps their enemies in the education establishment are willing to make amends to thwart an even greater nemesis — the other guy.

The state’s largest teachers union, the Connecticut Education Association, was slated to announce its endorsement late today, Friday, Sept. 26, when the union board will vote on whether it wants to give its nod to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy or one of his challengers, Republican Tom Foley or petitioning candidate Joe Visconti. The state’s smaller teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers, endorsed Malloy back in June.

As a large and powerful labor union, the CEA has been keeping careful track of the candidates’ positions on education issues to see whether they comport with the CEA’s agenda. Unfortunately, we can’t see precisely what that agenda is because that page on the CEA’s websiteis restricted to members only.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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