The Anti-Teacher "Statesman": TNGA Rep. Matthew Hill Heckled By Constituents From House Gallery





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Uploaded on May 25, 2011

Sidebar: Rep. Matthew Hill is a former small audience, conservative talk show radio host from Northeast Tennessee who once stated during his radio show that the reason why his parents removed him from the public schools and began to home school him was due to an assessment and reassignment of the much young Hill into a "special ed math class".


By Richard Locker
Updated Saturday, May 21, 2011

"NASHVILLE — The Tennessee legislature late Friday ended 33 years of collective bargaining by teachers.

With its galleries packed with teachers, the House of Representatives cast the decisive 55-to-40 vote that sent the repeal bill to Gov. Bill Haslam, who is likely to allow it to become law with or without his signature. The Senate had swiftly approved it 19-12 a few hours earlier.

Last November's Republican tidal wave at the ballot box, which swept the GOP into big majorities in both chambers, paved the way for repeal of the 1978 Education Professional Negotiations Act.

During one of the most boisterous debates in years, some Republicans in the House assailed the Tennessee Education Association, which represents 52,000 teachers. Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, pointed to teachers in the galleries, some of whom turned thumbs down, and declared, "The reason you are being derisive right now is because you see your union crumbling."

The new version was drafted in secret by its Republican sponsors and handed out to members of a House-Senate conference committee appointed earlier in the day to try to work out differences between a bill approved earlier by the House that allows limited collective bargaining to continue and a Senate bill that eliminates it.

But there was no negotiating in the conference committee, which met in a packed office off the House and Senate chambers rather than a legislative hearing room where it could be streamed on the legislature's website as all other committees are. Minutes later, the Senate approved it 19-12...."

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