Union leader to Michelle Rhee: "We invite you to work with us"
My immediate reactions were WHY, RANDI WHY? OMG! UGH!
While I shouldn't be surprised by this, AFT President Randi Weingarten rather offered an olive branch to Rhee than mobilized her base for an inevitable fight against her and the other ed deformers. On too many occasions, Rhee has consistently made it known she has no interest in working with teachers unions like AFT in reforming education. The kind gesture wasn't necessary, Randi! Trying to play "the good guy" here isn't working for you, Randi! In fact, it makes us more vulnerable to scapegoating and look weaker. This appeasing efforts of yours, Randi, can be easily equated with President Obama as he is currently seeking to "make-a-deal" on extending tax cuts for the rich with GOP Congressional leaders, all of whom made it known they are seeking to end his presidency in 2012. I can't tell how much you and Obama continue to disappoint me!
Thank God for a silver lining!
- Earlier this year, CTU (Chicago Teacher Union) members overwhelmingly voted for CORE (Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators) candidates to take over all aspects of its local union leadership, ending a long history of incompetence and questionable governance from its incumbent.
- Over a week ago, in a highly-prolific election, educators Nathan Saunders and Candi Peterson, of the Saunders slate, won the president and vice-president slots, respectively, of the Washington [DC] Teachers Union, ousting the "holdover" incumbent who compromised with former school chancellor Rhee for a new, yet controversial teacher evaluation system which resulted in the senseless firing of nearly 250 DC teachers.
- Late last night, Schools Matter reported an interesting turn of events unfolding in Detroit, which may have a great impact on the outcome of an upcoming runoff election in its local teacher union. Candidate Steve Conn is running for DFT (Detroit Federation of Teachers) President against long-term "sellout" incumbent, who has embraced and supported the ed deformers' tactics of reform in Detroit public schools. More to follow...
Teacher working conditions are students learning conditions.
Despite what the ed deformers say, most teachers are not seeking a lucrative career in which they will have for life. Instead, we are looking for ways
- To protect teachers from arbitrary termination via due process rights;
- To improve school culture and physical conditions that foster learning in a safe environment; and
- To enhance the professional image of teaching by meaningful professional development, attractive salaries and benefits, teacher leadership opportunities, and collegiality among teachers