We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am bringing this comment forward to Saturday, please excuse the time delay.
In response to "What we can do", I believe we can take a page from their play book. We can start small like this:
grandparents, older teachers, retired professionals from any field need to organize into local groups. They then need to confront the school boards--not in their own towns, or in counties where they can hurt you, but rather in an exchange with like groups from other parts of the state, or country. In that way reasonable people will be SEEN, perhaps heard, and local children and their parents will not be penalized by the terribly brutal local unions. I think this of exchanging groups provide some protection. It's kind of like the bussing for Obama strategy. A small group forms in city A, connects with a small group 300 miles away in City B and they exchange services. The group from City A attends the school board meetings in City B and vice a versa. Someone will have to rent a bus--or organize car pooling--a bus makes it more fun and more likely to happen. A common website in the state--or at the national level--could be used as a bulletin board for co-ordinating event exchanges. In many cases when can speak their mind without giving their name, and if a group arrives in force it gets their attention!