Person

David J. Quolke

Occupation:

Former Vice President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Residence:

North Royalton, Ohio

David J. Quolke is an Ohio-based former teachers union official[1] and Democratic Party organizer. [2] Quolke was the vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union from July 2012 to July 2020[3] and the president of the Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU) from 2008 until April 2020. [4]

Quolke was a national co-chair of Educators for Biden during the 2020 election cycle. [5] Following the 2020 presidential election, he claimed that teachers got President Joe Biden (D) elected. [6]

Quolke has shared posts[7] in support of the far-left Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter,[8] co-signed a letter classifying critical race theory-inspired racial equity as “the great unfinished work of the country,”[9] and shared links to critical race theory-inspired “anti-racist reading lists for children and adults,” [10] which included the controversial 1619 Project. [11]

Career

David J. Quolke was vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) labor union from July 2012 to July 2020. [12]

While at AFT, Quolke has shared posts[13] in favor of the far-left Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter[14] and supported the president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers in calling for a declaration that racism constitutes a “public health crisis.” [15] Quolke also co-signed a letter in support of student activists that calls critical race theory-inspired racial equity “the great unfinished work of the country”;[16] refers to certain instances of police use of force as “modern-day lynchings”; claimed the response to the death of George Floyd was peaceful and nonviolent; and accused then-President Donald Trump (R) of making a “health, economic, and justice system crisis” worse by directing police to fire rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds of protestors and proposing deploying military to “quash protests.” [17]

Quolke also shared links to a critical race theory-inspired “anti-racist reading lists for children and adults.” [18] The lesson, hosted by an AFT-backed website, includes links to the controversial 1619 Project along with other critical race theory-inspired works. [19]

From 2008 to April 2020, Quolke was the president of the Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU), a branch of the Ohio Federation of Teachers[20] in Cleveland, Ohio. [21] [22] Under his “progressive leadership,” [23] CTU received $300,000 from the AFT Innovation Fund and worked to implement federal government-imposed Common Core education standards. [24]

Prior to joining union leadership, Quolke was a teacher in the Cleveland School District 1984 to 2008. [25]

Quolke has been on the board of other labor union organizations including the North Shore Federation labor union; the Ohio American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); and Ohio 8, a coalition of superintendents and teacher union presidents in Ohio. [26] He was a trustee of the left-of-center United Labor Agency,[27] which was formed by the Cleveland AFL-CIO, United Auto Workers (UAW), and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) to address social issues outside of collective bargaining agreements. [28]

Political Activities

David J. Quolke was a national co-chair of Educators for Biden with Marisol Garcia, vice president of the Arizona Education Association. [29] In this position, Quolke endorsed the Biden campaign,[30] attended phone banks,[31] [32] organized campaign events[33] and rallies,[34] and hosted an online early vote drive with then-candidate Biden’s wife, Jill Biden,[35] on September 21, 2020. [36]

On November 7, 2020, Quolke stated teachers “got Joe Biden elected” and cheered the prospect of having Jill Biden in the White House as First Lady. [37]

As a union activist, Quolke was steadfast in his support for unionization of charter school educators in Cleveland. [38] During the 2016 presidential campaign, Quolke attacked then-candidate Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a visit to a Cleveland charter school with unionized teachers and visit another institution instead. [39]

Political Contributions

Quolke has made Federal Election Commission-reportable contributions to the Democratic Party political candidates, labor union political action committees, campaign committees, and Democratic-affiliated pass-throughs such as ActBlue 11 times since 2006. [40] Quolke has supported the Ohio Democratic Party, American Federation of Teachers union, AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, the campaign of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and the Congressional campaign of former House member and current Ohio District Court of Appeals judge Betty Sutton (D). [41]

Personal Life

David J. Quolke is married and has one daughter. [42][43] He attended Cleveland State University[44] and   resides in North Royalton, Ohio. [45]

References

  1. “David Quolke.” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-quolke-7909b84/. ^
  2. Dubin, Jennifer. “Educators affirm their support for Biden.” American Federation of Teachers. Meeting readout. August 19, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.aft.org/news/educators-affirm-their-support-biden. ^
  3. “David Quolke.” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-quolke-7909b84/. ^
  4. O’Donnell, Patrick. “Coalition urges the sponsor of the Horizon Science Academy charter schools to pull support by Feb. 1 deadline.” January 28, 2015. Updated January 12, 2019. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2015/01/coalition_urges_the_sponsor_of_embattled_horizon_science_academy_charter_schools_to_pull_support_by_feb_1_deadline.html. ^
  5. Dubin, Jennifer. “Educators affirm their support for Biden.” American Federation of Teachers. Meeting readout. August 19, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.aft.org/news/educators-affirm-their-support-biden. ^
  6. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter. November 7, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1325135344132644864. ^
  7. Tweets. David Quolke Twitter Page. Retweets Dated June 1 and June 2, 2020. Accessed August 25, 2021. https://twitter.com/davidquolke. ^
  8. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter Page. June 2, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1267964333562224642. ^
  9. “A Message to Our Students from America’s Educators.” American Federation of Teachers. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.aft.org/message-our-students-americas-educators. ^
  10. Tweet. David Quolke. June 26, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1276555433361190916. ^
  11. Delaguia, Ami Turner. “An Anti-Racist Reading List for Children and Adults.” AFT Share My Lesson. June 22, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://sharemylesson.com/blog/anti-racist-reading-list?utm_campaign=Share&utm_medium=Social ^
  12. “David Quolke.” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-quolke-7909b84/. ^
  13. Tweets. David Quolke Twitter Page. Retweets Dated June 1 and June 2, 2020. Accessed August 25, 2021. https://twitter.com/davidquolke. ^
  14. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter Page. June 2, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1267964333562224642. ^
  15. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter. June 10, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1270740248918659072. ^
  16. “A Message to Our Students from America’s Educators.” American Federation of Teachers. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.aft.org/message-our-students-americas-educators. ^
  17. “A Message to Our Students from America’s Educators.” American Federation of Teachers. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.aft.org/message-our-students-americas-educators. ^
  18. Tweet. David Quolke. June 26, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1276555433361190916. ^
  19. Delaguia, Ami Turner. “An Anti-Racist Reading List for Children and Adults.” AFT Share My Lesson. June 22, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://sharemylesson.com/blog/anti-racist-reading-list?utm_campaign=Share&utm_medium=Social ^
  20. O’Donnell, Patrick. “Coalition urges the sponsor of the Horizon Science Academy charter schools to pull support by Feb. 1 deadline.” January 28, 2015. Updated January 12, 2019. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2015/01/coalition_urges_the_sponsor_of_embattled_horizon_science_academy_charter_schools_to_pull_support_by_feb_1_deadline.html. ^
  21. McCafferty, Rachel Abbey. “New President at the Cleveland Teachers Union.” Crain’s Cleveland Business. March 16, 2020. Accessed via Web Archive. August 24, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20201028030623/https://www.crainscleveland.com/education/new-president-cleveland-teachers-union. ^
  22. “David Quolke.” National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.nbpts.org/board/david-quolke/. ^
  23. “David Quolke.” National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.nbpts.org/board/david-quolke/. ^
  24. “David Quolke.” National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.nbpts.org/board/david-quolke/. ^
  25. “David Quolke.” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-quolke-7909b84/. ^
  26. “David Quolke.” National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.nbpts.org/board/david-quolke/. ^
  27. “ULA – 2017 Board of Trustees.” United Labor Agency. Accessed August 24, 2021. http://ulagency.org/board-of-trustees/. ^
  28. “ULA History.” United Labor Agency. Accessed August 24, 2021. http://ulagency.org/home-nav/about-ula/. ^
  29. Dubin, Jennifer. “Educators affirm their support for Biden.” American Federation of Teachers. Meeting readout. August 19, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.aft.org/news/educators-affirm-their-support-biden. ^
  30. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter. October 11, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1315239868155359233. ^
  31. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter. October 31, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1322603485913821187. ^
  32. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter. October 23, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1319745426975842306. ^
  33. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter. November 2, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1323303687821922305. ^
  34. Tweet. David Quolke. September 21, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1308087803901865985. ^
  35. “Ohio Educators for Biden Early Vote Rally with Jill Biden.” Virtual Campaign Rally. Educators for Biden. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/327906/?referring_vol=1733135&rname=David%20&share_context=signup-form-modal&share_medium=twitter&timeslot=2226596. ^
  36. “Ohio Educators for Biden Early Vote Rally with Jill Biden.” Virtual Campaign Rally. Educators for Biden. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/327906/?referring_vol=1733135&rname=David%20&share_context=signup-form-modal&share_medium=twitter&timeslot=2226596. ^
  37. Tweet. David Quolke Twitter. November 7, 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://twitter.com/DavidQuolke/status/1325135344132644864. ^
  38. “Educators at Cleveland Charter School Win Union.” Press Release. American Federation of Teachers. February 1, 2017. August 24, 2021. https://www.aft.org/press-release/educators-cleveland-charter-school-win-union. ^
  39. “AFT Leaders on Donald Trump’s Education Speech.” Press Release. American Federation of Teachers. September 8, 2016. https://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-leaders-donald-trumps-education-speech. ^
  40. “David Quolke.” Federal Election Commission of the United States. Searchable Reporting Database. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=david%20quolke. ^
  41. “David Quolke.” Federal Election Commission of the United States. Searchable Reporting Database. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=david%20quolke. ^
  42. “David Quolke.” National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.nbpts.org/board/david-quolke/. ^
  43. “David Quolke.” LinkedIn Profile Post. Posted in 2020. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/david-quolke-7909b84_congrats-alexa-activity-6663525109275389952-jmq7/. ^
  44. “David Quolke.” National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.nbpts.org/board/david-quolke/. ^
  45. “David Quolke.” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed August 24, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-quolke-7909b84/. ^

Connected Organizations

  1. American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (Labor Union)
    Vice President
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