What’s proving to be every bit as toxic to our society as blue-green algae has been to our waterways? The K-12 cartel, aka the teachers’ unions. You’d be hard pressed to find any organization that’s had a more negative effect on our society over the past forty years than the teacher's unions. Most of the issues we face in our society today can be traced to what has and hasn’t been happening in classrooms for decades. Changes which have been steered by the radical leftist policies of teachers' unions, pushed federally though the Department of Education and locally by school board members – most of whom are members of the unions. It’s resulted in a severe decline in education outcomes, a record number of atheists, which corresponds to record levels of depression and mental health issues. Speaking of which. The largest teachers’ union of all has a new priority. On Wednesday, the National Education Association, decided employment contracts with their members weren’t inclusive. At its annual conference on Wednesday, the NEA stated: Words like “mother” and “father” (are) arcane. They stated the NEA will inform state and local governments of the changes they were to make to employment contracts. Those changes... “Parental leave” instead of “maternity leave”. Parent instead of “mother” or “father”, “birth parent” instead of “mother” and “non-birthing parent” instead of father. Now, if this is what their priority is with their members at their annual conference, what do you think their priority is in the classroom with your kids? To call teachers’ unions a cancer on society is a disservice to many forms of cancer. Kudos to the Moms for Liberty for coining the phrase the K-12 Cartel. And here’s yet another reminder. Over 70% of Florida’s public-school teachers are members of a teachers’ union. Birthing parents and non-birthing parents beware.