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Teachers Unions 2018

Part 1

NEW VIDEO: Teachers Union President Will Cover Up Child Abuse, Protects Drug-Using, Shoplifting Teachers

In this undercover investigation, Hamilton Township Education Association President David Perry details the steps the teachers union would take to protect a teacher who physically abused and threatened middle school students from losing their job.

Dr. Perry says he would misrepresent the events of altercations between teachers and students by "bending the truth" and back-dating reports and instructed the teacher to not tell anybody about incidents with students.

The union president also stressed that a teacher who abuses his students needs to come to the union after any incident so that they can create a report that would best protect them from students that come forward about abuse.

Results

New Jersey Senate Hearing

The New Jersey Senate held a hearing to investigate the actions of the NJEA. The calls for investigation were led by Democrats Senator Steve Sweeney and Governor Phil Murphy.

11 Bills Advance

After the release of the videos, eleven bills advanced in the legislative process. Of the bills, seven were created as a direct result of our videos, while the other four were already in process. NJ101.5

Part 2

HIDDEN CAMERA: Union City NJEA President Admits to Protecting “Teacher Who Had Sex With” Teenage Girl – Willing to Cover up Abuse of “Scumbag” Student

In this undercover investigation, Union City Education Association President Kathleen Valencia explains that the union would protect a teacher who physically abused a "scumbag" student and the teacher would not lose his job.

Valencia says the teacher would be "fine" because the student is too scared to come forward. She also explains how the union would legally protect the teacher, stating “I’m going to get your brother a lawyer. Your brother’s not going to admit anything happened. The only witness is the scumbag kid… he’s got a record.”

She then tells the undercover journalist of a horrifying real-life scenario: “This file right here is from a teacher who had sex with a student. This file is about whether or not the teacher gets to keep his pension. Is he going to jail? No. How come? Because the child’s not pressing charges. There’s no proof.”

Results

New Jersey Official's Reactions

“If it’s true, it’s completely unforgivable and unacceptable, what was said.”

Phil Murphy Governor, New Jersey

“[If union leadership] devised a way to get around reporting properly incidents in schools where kids have been physically assaulted, it’s a problem… It’s a real problem.”

“I think it’s enough issue when you have local leadership bragging about how they get around things, and how they can fix things, that it needs to be reviewed to make sure it stops.”

Steve Sweeney Senator, New Jersey

“The NJEA should see the upcoming legislative hearings as an opportunity to excise this cancer that exists among them that’s led to their horrific policy that every teacher should be protected at any cost.”

Joe Pennacchio Senator, New Jersey

“I encourage the NJEA to come to the legislative hearings with solutions to propose. We all know that the toxic culture that’s plainly visible in the undercover videos is wrong, so let’s work together to fix it.”

Anthony Bucco Senator, New Jersey

“I can not accept that… a person is not ‘set up’ to say the following things: [Quotes the videos]

“…No one can set you up to say something like that.”

Teresa Ruiz Senator, New Jersey

“We also recognize that despite the dishonest tactics used to obtain and edit the videos, some of what was said on them appear to fall far short of our values and the standards we set for our union, its leaders, and its members.”

Ed Richardson Executive Director, NJEA

Part 3

BREAKING: Alleged Child Molester Paid Off in MI AFT Teachers Union Negotiation

Project Veritas has released undercover footage and documents obtained from the American Federation of Teachers Michigan affiliate office in Lake City, which reveals that the union protected a teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct with a seven- or eight-year-old girl arose.

The now former teacher was never charged or arrested and denied the accusations against him, and did not lose his teaching certificate.

Undercover footage of AFT Union Representative, Johnny Mickles, reveals how AFT and the Lake City Michigan school district defended the alleged child molesting teacher. Redacted documents from the AFT office, corroborate the events.

Results

Judge DENIES AFT Michigan Motion

A federal judge denied for – the second time – an attempt by the Michigan AFT to receive a temporary restraining order against Project Veritas, citing the First Amendment. Project Veritas

Part 4

HIDDEN CAMERA: Michigan Union Boss Neglects Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Nick Nugent, an NEA official in Michigan was caught on hidden camera. Once again, the union official is clearly more interested in protecting teachers than children. The video you are about to see and hear is troubling, our journalist, who says she is a teacher, tells the union official a story about a bloodied middle school student she “shoved.” The response, don’t report it and hope the student doesn’t either.

Results

Response from Randi Weingarten

AFT President Randi Weingarten responded to the ruling in a tweet.

Part 5

BREAKING: Ohio Teachers Union Presidents Defend “physical, sexual, verbal” Abuse of Children

Project Veritas has released an investigation into the behavior of teacher’s union officials continues in Ohio. The scenario is relatively straightforward, our undercover journalist tells the union official his imaginary brother has had a violent altercation with a student. Once again, we hear encouragement that the brother will more than likely get away with the assault.

The undercover video shows Bill Siegferth, Tom Schmida, and David Romick – all current or former teachers union presidents –admitting that they have protected and defended union members that have abused students.

Results

NEA Emails were leaked as a result

After seeing the undercover videos, somebody with access to internal NEA communications went public and aired his grievances with the union for all to see. Project Veritas

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Major Media Coverage

5/8/18 "U.S. judge denies teachers union bid to stop release of Project Veritas video" The Washington Post

5/4/18 "2 teachers union bosses suspended after videos surface; one called kids 'dirtbags,' 'pieces of s---'" Fox News

5/7/18 "N.J. Senate to hold hearings on 'offensive' NJEA videos" NJ.com

5/4/18 "Two New Jersey teachers union bosses are suspended after sting videos capture them calling kids 'dirtbags', 'pieces of s**t' and promising to 'bend the truth' to protect members" Daily Mail

5/4/18 "Teachers union bosses suspended after calling kids ‘dirtbags’" New York Post

5/4/18 "Project Veritas: Teachers Union Presidents Suspended for Alleged Child Abuse Cover Up" Breitbart

5/7/18 "Phil Murphy supports hearings on 'unacceptable' NJEA videos" NJ.com

6/14/18 "11 BILLS AGAINST CHILD SEX ABUSE ADVANCE AFTER UNDERCOVER NJEA VIDS" NJ1015

6/4/18 "Videos of Corrupt NJ Teacher Union Reach State Senate" The Epoch Times

5/4/18 "TWO NJ TEACHERS’ UNION PRESIDENTS SUSPENDED AFTER DEFENDING ABUSIVE TEACHERS ON CAMERA" Daily Caller

5/22/18 "Unions hesitate to report teachers shoving students, using racial slurs, edited 'undercover' videos suggest" Cleveland

Additional Media Coverage

5/3/18 "Teacher union president suspended after allegedly saying 'I'm here to defend even the worst people'" NJ.com

5/7/18 "SWEENEY AGHAST AT TEACHER UNION VIDEOS, MURPHY WANTS MORE INFO" NJ1015

5/31/18 "NJEA teachers union blasted by lawmakers over controversial videos" NJ.com

5/22/18 "CAUGHT ON CAMERA: 3 OFFICIALS ADMIT PROTECTING UNION MEMBERS" WND

5/3/18 "2nd N.J. teachers union prez suspended after undercover video" NJ.com

5/7/18 "NJEA VS. O’KEEFE, WHO DO YOU TRUST?" NJ1015

5/14/18 "'I DON'T WANT YOU TO GET INVESTIGATED'" WND

5/8/18 "Don’t downplay NJEA sting videos" North Jersey

5/4/18 "Education groups want hearings after undercover videos of teachers union chiefs" NJ.com

5/7/18 "LEGISLATURE WILL INVESTIGATE NJEA AFTER ‘OUTRAGEOUS’ VIDEOS" NJ1015

5/7/18 "New Jersey Senate to Hold Hearings on Teachers' Union Following Project Veritas Videos" PJ Media

5/5/18 "Have teachers unions gotten too strong?" NJ.com

5/7/18 "O'Keefe may be a fifth-rate attack schnauzer, but his NJEA footage demands scrutiny" NJ.com