“For the Department of Education to say, ‘Everybody else has to sacrifice, but our pet programs must be spared’— that makes me so angry I don’t even know how to say it,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which has often been more supportive of administration initiatives than the National Education Association.Why, she is so angry that she can't speak anything bad about Arne Duncan. Randi is usually without a loss for words, as she was when she helped her bosom buddy, Michelle Rhee, craft a deal for DC teachers that destroys seniority, guts tenure, and makes test scores the primary criterion for evaluations. Weingarten would never be where she is, of course, without the help of Bloomberg's millions, and she deserves the wrath of every AFT teacher who cares about kids and the profession of teaching.
Voting her out is a vote against Rhee, Gates, Broad, and Arne Duncan. In other words, it is a vote against corporate schooling.