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Teachers’ union endorses Onorato

Teachers’ union endorses Onorato

The state’s largest teachers’ union endorsed Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato Wednesday, giving the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful his most significant labor support in the race so far.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association, which represents about 200,000 teachers and other employees in public school and universities, backed Onorato during an event in Philadelphia.

“Dan Onorato shares our belief that the power of a great education can result in strong schools, successful children and vibrant communities,” PSEA president James Testerman said in a statement.

“We interviewed every candidate who was interested in our support,” Testerman added. “In the end, we recommended the candidate who most shared our vision for education, and on issues that matter to our members. Dan believes, as our members do, that education is essential to the economic security of Pennsylvania families, and a quality education system begins with state government living up to its responsibility to fund public schools.”

With more than $6.5 million in campaign cash, Onorato is well positioned to break out of what polls have shown to be an open, four-way primary field when he begins airing campaign ads.

March 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  1. Progressive Pragmatist

    Mar 10th, 2010

    To the other Dems in this race, I say this: Let Onorato spend his millions bashing Corbett rather than bashing you. Do the right things, drop out now, keep the Party united and give us the best possible chance in November. Onorato is not only cleaning your clocks right now, but he’s clearly the best candidate to take on Corbett in the fall.

  2. BC

    Mar 10th, 2010

    Very good point. I agree wholeheartedly.

  3. leftylucie

    Mar 10th, 2010

    Onorato is a corporatist Dem. He is owned and operated by the law firms, big banks and government contractors. My bet is that the guys who gave him money for contracts will get taken care of and the union people will be snowed again. After all, they backed Ed and he has not done a thing to take care of the looming pension crisis except to make it worse. Joe Hoeffel will protect the workers. Onorato will protect his donors.

  4. Tico Taxpayer

    Mar 10th, 2010

    Please. At 16 percent, Drink Tax Dan isn’t cleaning anyone’s clock. The only thing Dan the Beer Tax Man is “cleaning” is the pockets out of Papa Ed’s money men.

  5. Kailan

    Mar 11th, 2010

    No candidate in either party has done more for public education than Jack Wagner — school safety audits, his fight against money-losing derivatives, his identification of millions of dollars in waste to be put back into classrooms, trying to restore the state teacher pension system to solvency, etc. etc. Regardless of this endorsement, Jack can and will be the “education governor” for PA. Go JW!

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  7. Bruce Bailey

    Mar 11th, 2010

    Onorato’s 8-page education position paper does not mention the word “pension” once.

    This is arguably the single biggest issue that will affect teachers in the coming years: full and fair funding of their state pension plan. And Onorato does not even mention it.

    And yet they endorse him.

    Meanwhile, Joe Hoeffel says this:

    “We must keep state pensions as defined benefit programs. Switching to a defined contribution program, as some have proposed, would create two classes of teachers in a field where equality and teamwork are essential..We must ensure a safe and secure retirement for all current and future public school employees, without compromising funding for the programs directly benefiting our students.”

    So which of these candidates is the best choice for teachers?

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