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Heidi Adsett Joins StopTeacherStrikes

The West Chester School Board Vice President is named the vice president of an organization that advocates for "strike-free" education.

StopTeacherStrikes.org announced this week that West Chester Area School Vice President Heidi Adsett has been named the vice president of the grassroots organization that aims to make education in the state "strike-free."

“We are thrilled to have Heidi join StopTeacherStrikes” said President Simon Campbell in a statement released this week. “Heidi is the only person on the West Chester Area School Board who has publicly taken a stand against the threat and use of teacher strikes and the continued practice of compulsory Union dues payments for the West Chester Area school district’s teachers and support staff employees, and her commitment to the cause is unrivaled in Chester County.”

Adsett has taken both flack and support from district parents and resident for statements made in several letters to the editor that were printed in the Daily Local.

In the statement released by StopTeacherStrikes Adsett says:

"As we know, teacher strikes, and the threat of strikes, serve to damage childrens’ education by forcing school board directors to divert scarce financial resources away from essential educational  nitiatives for our children, and they impose a needlessly higher property tax burden on our homeowners. Every child in the West Chester Area School District deserves the legal right to a quality strike-free education and every taxpayer deserves to pay affordable property taxes. The commitment to my constituents to champion both these causes will take on a new level with my new advocacy role. In addition, I look forward to working with quality professional educators around Pennsylvania to ensure they have the right to freely choose the private organizations they wish to financially support.”

Simon Campbell December 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM
As President of StopTeacherStrikes I responded to a teacher Union member who referenced the Vice President of StopTeacherStrikes, who most likely was asleep at the time. Not that she needs me to deal with radical Unionists in WCASD. A RINO is a well-known expression that you'll have to look up. I have disdain for all elected officials who vote to approve the nightmare horror of compulsory Unionism in our schools. It is sinful, shameful, tyannical and un-American. No non-Union employee should ever be forced to pay a Union as condition of their employment.
Matt McKenzie December 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I heard that when we get to 100 comments, we all get some free chicken wings. Just 18 more to go! I would pay for the wings myself for the chance to meet some of these anonymous bloggers. With the exception of just a relatively few people, it appears like we all agree public sector employees should not be allowed to strike. Thanks to StopTeacherStrikes for educating all of us on this important topic. I'm learning a lot here. Congratulations Heidi on your new position. Keep up the good work.
Robin Kaliner December 04, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Teachers need to pay more for their benefits and the pension system needs to be revamped, no doubt. If they don't want to be in the union they shouldn't have to be, as long as they can negotiate their own individual contracts and represent themselves in disputes. But where is all the outrage for the corrupt charter school management companies (no, not ALL of them but many of them) that are also taking tons of money from The Forgotten Taxpayer? Cyber charters are paid the same amount as regular charters yet have few if any buildings and a much higher student/teacher ratio; they get double paid by the state for teacher pension costs; due to formula flaws they get paid excessively for special education students; they have no limits on the amount of fund balances they can amass and no oversight of their management costs. The list goes on...why is no one jumping up and down about that? Charter schools are a very valuable educational alternative for some students, however the financial management of these schools and the lack of legislation to oversee them (even our own State Secretary of Ed was recently caught inflating test scores to make them appear more successful than they are) has lead to numerous instances of fraud as well as legal overpayment by taxpayers. I'd love to see a little of this indignation directed under that rock.
edufan December 05, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Matt, sarcasm and inane banter? Really? Rumor has it that you are planning on running for the WCASD School Board next year. I hope you continue to blog on here with comments like posted above. That will help the voteres with their choice of candidates.
edufan December 05, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Star, I have copied your statement , "Everyone in your union is a financial pedophile .. and that's a fact." and forwarded to my attorney. If you claim this to be fact, you better be prepared to back up that statement as you have slandered over 1100 people in my union and my district.
Star Thrower December 05, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Master's degree, but doesn't know what a RINO is? Better include my definition of a financial pedophile before you waste your money Financial .. applicable to or relating to money.
 Pedophile .. Someone who molests children.
 Molest .. To harm another person.” What do you call someone who steals the financial future of your children and grandchildren, whether they are alive today or yet to be born? I call this person a financial pedophile.
edufan December 05, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Unlike you, I do admit when I do not know something. I do not make up nasty accusatons. I will do my homework and research this acronym. Your version of the definiton of financiall pedophile does not make it fact nor does your blanket accusation of a whole group. I bet Heidi, Simon and now Matt are thrilled to have you on their side. I know I am.
Star Thrower December 05, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I am not on anyone's side .. simply despise public sector unions, and the hardship with which they have saddled the future children of our country - anything I can do with words to bring attention to this FACT I will continue to do. Michigan's Proposal 2 Takes Back Power From Big Unions Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-viewpoint/120412-635698-michigan-voters-reject-collective-bargaining-mandate.htm#ixzz2E8zQXaBL
Star Thrower December 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
That will probably not help the voteres, but it most likely will help the voters .. what parent would not vote for ... "NO TEACHER STRIKES"? Just think of Matt's campaign slogan ... "Put The "McKenzie Brakes" on teacher strikes.
edufan December 06, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Nice, sarcastic statement about a simple typo, star. You would be fantastic as Matt's campaign manager!! I bet he is thrilled that you are supporting him. I know I am!
edufan December 06, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Hey, Simon, I followed your advice and looked up RINO. Since you speak for Heidi, does she think her fellow board members are Republican In Name Only, too? That just might explain why she is no longer VP or a chairperson of committees on the WCASD Board. Hmmm............
Heidi Adsett December 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
agenda for Wednesday Adsett, Heidi [Reply] [Reply All] [Forward] Actions To: Scanlon, James R‎; Murphy, Vince educ comm., Sent Items Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:18 PM I forgot to mention that I don't want to be chair of Education Committee. I'll be busy with other responsibilities. I suggest you see if Maria is still interested. Thanks! Heidi Looks like it was my choice.
Cathy Binder December 07, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Really Heidi you are going to have to do better than that. But thanks for the evening bit of humor.
Simon Campbell December 07, 2012 at 05:27 AM
1979. [23 min audio]. Conservative Party opposition leader Margaret Thatcher addresses parliament on the state of a nation crippled by Union strikes; four months later becoming Britain's first female Prime Minister. They don't make 'em like this anymore ... http://campbellspeaks.com/Audio/Thatcher1979.mp3
Star Thrower December 07, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I do believe that Mrs Adsett was quite clear in establishing her proof .. while you can not even prove you're Cathy Binder ... as for edu-bunny ... what a maroon!!
Cathy Binder December 07, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Oh star, a typed email - really - it doesn't even look real. And who cares what she told JIm Scanlon. It is not in his hands anyway. Who really decides these things - the board. Oh no wait, according to you it must be the all the powerful, all knowing union. And how does one prove anything here according to you - you won't even post your name. Which is what I have done at least.
edufan December 07, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Our nation is not crippled by union strikes and the union strikes in Briatain were not education unions. As for Star with the name caling? Is that all you could think of? Before all these blogs with hate filled rhetoric began, I was not really a fan of unions, but I wasn't totally against them either. Thank you, Heidi, Simon, Star, and all of the others who have shown me the way. I fight to the end FOR unions! Aa matter of fact, there should be more unions. It is thugs like you who we need to be protected from. GOOD JOB!
Star Thrower December 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
edufan, You fight because your union has been exposed as a financial child abuser breeding ground, and your shame is obvious. actually, you need mental attention .. taking two days to find the meaning of RINO? .. and then using inbred stupidity to turn the word into malignant ridicule against someone who works for no pay to truly help children who are being held hostage so of a gang of unionized thugs can have their strike threat? your shame is certainly justified.
Star Thrower December 07, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Where have you posted YOUR name Binder? You have posted a name that is not yours .. anyone (Monk, Roxy, Maher) can do that .. if I posted my real name, you manly girls of the WC Vote would be going through my trash can every week.
edufan December 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Please cite me some facts as to my union being "exposed as a financial child abuser breeding ground". That's a very dangerous accusation and quite slanderous. What shame are you talking about? As for my mental status: Are you a psychiatrist? If not, then please do not practice medicine without a license. That is illegal. As for your other ramblng rhetoric: Thereis no strike threat, there has not been a strike threat, and I am asking you to stop this abusive language. I have already contacted the publishers of this patch about your abusive language, and I know others have, too. It's time to contact them again.
Star Thrower December 08, 2012 at 05:36 PM
There is no abusive language by me taking place anywhere other than in your mind - what is causing you great distress IMO, is that I am stating OPINIONS that resonate with a forgotten truth inside you. Giving what I believe to be helpful advise, is in a different world than practicing medicine ... once more questioning your ability to be teaching any child. A self-described masters-degreed public school teacher crying to the publisher about freedom of expression must be quite puzzling to a journalist who is committed to that freedom .. wouldn't you think? PS .. I see that you have covered up your 8:33PM post with this one ... of course you have forgotten that everyone but yourself can still see that post .. which completely amplifies the frenetic ambiguity rolling around inside your head ... or maybe you were just posting under the influence of drugs, alcohol, whatever ... just saying.
edufan December 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM
See the little gray words in the upper righthand corner of posted blogs? It says "Flag as inappropriate". The right to free speech is not an absolute right to say whatever you want anytime, anywhere. If that were the case, there would not be the mountainous litigation on issues of slander. I glad that yo did indeed clarify that your statements were opinions, and stopped saying they were fact. Why were your posts in the Daily Local removed from those blogs? I guess the publishers violated your right to free speech there, too, hmm? I see that you are stalking me. If you must know, and obviously you do, I accidently deleted my 8:33 PM post before I had the chance to read and edit, so I retyped. The bottom line is that I am requesting that you keep your posts respectful even with the mass majority of us, IMO, who totally disagree with you and your, IMO, strange ramblings.
Star Thrower December 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Stalking you is your own infantile paranoia .. everyone who posts receives an email of each entry. The DLN (a journal register organization) has a moderator and an editor - the moderator and myself do not agree on what is abuse and what is freedom of expression - The Daily times is also a journal register organization - however is completely open to freedom of expression, thus the infinitely higher comment numbers in the DT, and the drop off lately of comments in the DLN. You are welcome to use the little gray numbers to your hearts content, and I will continue to post the truth as I see it here on Patch.
Rosemary Decker December 08, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Oh Star I think the Daily Local from my reading of that little exchange had nothing to do with the fact of a disagreement. It had to do with the fact that you did not like the response to your complaint about people coming back at you. How do I know this, we sat as a group one night and read it all online - yes we the teachers and our friends in the community do follow this collectively - oh that bad word. So, your ongoing tirades that many who post here are one in the same really make us laugh. Many of us post, many of read, many of us follow. You have provided good entertainment, and a cause for total disgust. I recently said enough and decided to join the discussion. Many told me to be careful putting out my real name as I could be identified. I don't care much, as I know I am not saying anything that can get me into trouble. I am proud to work at WCASD. It is a good district. My students are great - I enjoy going to work each and every day. They are smart, engaged and teaching them is a privilege for sure. Why, they have great parents that support public education and we work together for their success. My administrators are second to none. They support us as educators - from the building to my curriculum supervisor.
Star Thrower December 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Decker/Fell - I am well aware that the manly girls of WC Vote sit around and obsess about Star Thrower, there is also this email going around that some of the twisted sisters pass around their WC Patch logon names and passwords between each other to confuse moderators - you can call that collective discussion, which I would expect .. it's true name would actually be called conspiracy .. which has a much more teachers union ring to it - can't wait for the court case .. how bout you? lol
Bob Guzzardi December 09, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Attacking children is a disgusting as it is desperate. When there are no facts or reasoned to back up your arguments to force people to join a union in order to to engage in their chosen work, you attack not only the dissenter personally but her children.
Rosemary Decker December 09, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Star you can go check me out by calling the district, public record. I am nobody but Rosemary Decker. I have taught in the WCASD since 1998. I began my career at East High School and continued it at Stetson Middle School where I still teach. I am proud to work there and not afraid one bit to state that fact. You can pretend to attribute my identity to someone else, but try as you might it won't work. I am who I am, and have come out quite clearly in that manner. As far as passing around passwords - I have no idea about that - but that sounds a bit crazed to me and I doubt its veracity. And honestly - how would such information make its way to you? I would question that highly regardless if it were even true. In any case I have contacted Mr. Speicher, I have an attorney who I am in contact with as well. What I choose to do with that conversation I have not yet decided. But please know, your imagined ideas that all who post here are the same person is that - imagined. Come on down to my school and ask Dr. Cognato if you can observe me teaching. Would love to have you in. I am proud of what I do, and welcome visitors any day. I think you will be also quite impressed by the caliber of the students. I am so very proud of all of them, as we all are. What awesome kids - smart, funny, engaged, and truly the best of the best. I am confident our nation will be in good hands if they are an indication of the future - which they truly are.
Star Thrower December 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Where did I say that "all who post here are the same person"? what I said was there is an email going around that SOME of the twisted sisters pass around their WC Patch logon names and passwords between each other to confuse moderators - do you see how despicable you say I am out of one side of your mouth, but would love to have me in to your school .. out of the other side? - one thing I would bet the farm on, is that your Decker name has also posted on Patch with the same computer as your Binder name - your twisted sister conspiracy is becoming careless with its bullying attacks on the taxpayer elected.
Star Thrower December 09, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I can be reached directly, confidentially, and securely at: star_thrower@comcast.net
edufan December 09, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Rosemary, that was beautifully written. I, like you, am very proud to work at WCASD, and I am also so very proud of my students. I have such faith in our country's future if my students are an indication of things that wil be. Wow, Star. You sound rather defensive, and then paranoid. You might need to have your med levels upped. Please, for your sake, get to your psychiatrist.

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