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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Virginia’s Education System Has ‘Managed Well’ Without Teacher Unions, Governor Says

Washington (CNSNews.com) – Virginia’s Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said his state has “managed well” without teacher's unions.

“We banned public sector bargaining 20 years ago in Virginia,” McDonnell said on Tuesday. “If you’re a manager, you take care of your people, you motivate them, you make sure they’re compensated well, you treat people fairly – I think that’s the right approach in the public or private sector, and really it kind of minimizes the need for a union,” he said.

“We got very powerful teachers' associations in Virginia, they’re not a union per se, but they have a lot of influence – they bring good ideas to the table,” he said.


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