Sen. Michael Bennet on Teachers, Unions and the Wisconsin Protests

February 23rd, 2011, byStaff


In this Web-exclusive video, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), discusses the future of the teaching profession in Wisconsin and beyond as it relates to ongoing protests in that state.

“What we’re seeing is the result of commitments that were made over many, many decades that can’t be afforded in a lot of states,” Sen. Bennet says.

“There are important values that seem like they’re in conflict, and what we need to do is figure out, on a state-by-state and city-by-city basis, how to sort through that,” Sen. Bennet continues.

Watch the Web-exclusive clip below, where Sen. Bennet outlines what is needed to ensure high-quality education going forward, and watch the video of his full conversation to find out what more he had to say.

  • J K Selan

    It appears that media does not want to point out that the pension funds are underfunded due to the mortgage schemes that caused our banking system fiasco. Could the states and unions not sue those involved in the short sales? It may not recover all the funds lost, but it could ease the conflicts.

  • mike Levinson

    Well I thought it was about the students, if not the students maybe the country. Mr. Bennet thinks it is about money and promises and reducing the pay of teachers. Politicians are not bound by morals, eat or be eaten seems to be the message. We can listen to all the reasons why we are failing our children or we can simply stop the madness spend the money and do the right thing.

  • Darren O’Connor

    Mr. Bennet and anyone else discussing the issue of teacher pay and benefit (cuts) should be asked, every time, why anyone should take his faux sincerity seriously when he and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle just gave away close to a $trillion in tax cuts. Add to that the $trillions given, and being given, to banks and the financial industry, and one has to wonder how the man can dare to say our problems are the high cost of teachers. The high cost of teachers, I feel wrong even writing that line.

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