"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why Is AFT Investing Millions for Common Core Prep?

New York's UFT members have been invited to join the AFT crowd in Detroit, at least the ones who will sign a statement pledging to not get in the way of the misleaders' steamrolling of the resolution to to make Common Core endorsement official.  From NYC Educator:
. . .the only UFT members at the convention will be those who've signed a paper agreeing never to disagree with the Unity position [including resolution in support of Common Core] in public. That's hardly representative of working teachers, and hardly helpful to us.
Seems the vote is just a formality anyway, since Randi has already sunk millions in dues money for Common Core resources, way ahead of any vote.  Hey Randi and the Boys don't need no stinkin' vote.

Steve Sawchuck reported in June that AFT had partnered with a British corporation to offer Common Core Prep (see  "AFT Partners With Private Firm to Provide Common Standards Resources"):
The American Federation of Teachers and British publishing firm TSL Education have invested $10 million together in an online repository of lesson plans, tools, and supports aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The union hopes it will become the premier destination for teachers seeking to align their instruction with the new student expectations.
And the AFT website has this resolution for anyone to read who could not get the clear idea of AFT's intent from the photo posted here two days ago:

AFT Resolutions


WHEREAS, the American Federation of Teachers and its member unions have historically and consistently promoted a public education system that offers all children—irrespective of neighborhood, race, class or cultural heritage—a high, common standard for what they are expected to learn and be able to do; and

WHEREAS, since the early 1990s, the AFT and its member unions have advocated that this goal is essential to the adoption of core national standards around which an aligned implementation system could be developed—including a rich and challenging core curriculum in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies; quality early childhood education; teacher education and professional development; diagnostic, formative and summative assessments; and specialized interventions for students who are falling behind; and

WHEREAS, the AFT and its member unions have been deeply involved in the standards movement to ensure that all American students learn what they need to compete in the global economy and to be active citizens in our democracy; and

WHEREAS, 48 states [sic] have signed on to create a common core of standards in mathematics and language arts that states can adopt, with standards for other disciplines in development, and many of those states, including Illinois, have already adopted or pledged to adopt these common core standards; and

WHEREAS, AFT teacher volunteers helped to review, edit and improve the draft of common core standards in mathematics and language arts as a sound first step in providing teacher input into the process of developing and implementing a rich, well-rounded curriculum for all students; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education has supported the adoption of common core standards as crucial to the improvement of schooling in our nation and has agreed to fund the development of aligned summative assessments based on those standards; and

WHEREAS, educational reforms important to the AFT, such as those detailed in "A New Path Forward" and "AFT's Pathway to Student Success"—including responsible, effective teacher development and evaluation processes; ongoing, job-embedded professional development aligned to staff needs for professional growth; and effective, appropriate assessments designed to further student learning—all depend first on having and implementing a clear set of standards that are specific, detailed and rigorous; and

WHEREAS, states and districts that are serious about building on the promise of standards to achieve comprehensive, system wide improvements in teaching and learning will need to develop tools to adequately implement those standards—such as quality model core curricula; professional development; teaching materials and texts; diagnostic, formative and summative assessments; and other classroom supports that are all aligned to the standards in order to make any assessment of student or teacher performance meaningful; and

WHEREAS, the Council of Great City Schools, the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with the AFT have begun to work together on the first steps in the development of a comprehensive standards-based system:

RESOLVED, that the American Federation of Teachers continue to advocate strongly for a set of rigorous national standards and to encourage states to adopt such standards; and

RESOLVED, that the AFT continue to advocate for common core standards and the development of aligned curriculum, professional development based on the curriculum, teaching materials, student intervention systems and assessments; and

RESOLVED, that the AFT work to ensure that standards be designed and reviewed by groups that include a significant representation of teachers, with strong teacher input throughout the process, and that such standards be of high quality and rooted in rich content knowledge, as teachers know they must be; and

RESOLVED, that the AFT assist state federations as they seek to review and work toward the adoption of such standards, including helping locals to work in collaboration with school districts to develop and implement rich, well-rounded curricula based on these common core standards.


  1. Randi Weingarten has been involved with the Broad Foundation for over ten years. See their 2009 Mission Statement:

    Page 11
    "Teacher unions have always been a formidable voice in public education. We decided at the onset of our work to invest in smart, progressive labor leaders like Randi Weingarten, head of
    the United Federation of Teachers in New York City for more than a decade and now president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). We partnered with Weingarten to fund two union-run charter schools in Brooklyn and to fund New York
    City’s first incentive-based compensation program for schools, as well as the AFT’s Innovation Fund. We had previously helped advance pay for performance programs in Denver and Houston, but we were particularly encouraged to see New York
    City embrace the plan."

    Page 16
    "The Broad Foundation invests $2 million in the
    Teachers Union Reform Network (TURN), a network of
    National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers locals."

    TURN website: http://www.turnexchange.net/blog.html

  2. Anonymous7:50 PM

    I think this has something to do with a kiss and 30 pieces of silver.