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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Newark AFT Members Begin to Suffer Effects of Weingarten Deal

The following links and annotations are from Ken Derstine in Philadelphia.  We have to wonder how much longer Diane Ravitch will keep her buried while Randi Weingarten makes off with more millions in hard-earned dues from teachers who are losing their jobs because of Randi’s complicity with CorpEd and misleadership of AFT.  Ravitch posted Randi’s letter to Christie, but she dares not post anything critical of her collaborator (think Vichy) pal—such as the one posted from the Newark teacher below.
Randi to Christie: Give the People of Newark Their Schools | Diane Ravitch’s blog - “Randi Weingarten sent the following letter to Governor Chris Christie, calling for an end to two decades of state control of New Jersey’s largest city.”
Dear Ms. Weingarten, 
You are to be commended for writing a letter to Governor Christie. It is your visionary leadership and the historic contract you were instrumental in negotiating that have brought Newark teachers to the "top of the mountain." Moreover, your generosity in donating AFT funds to the Teacher Village being built to house Teach for America novices in Newark could not have come at a better time.
It is inconceivable that you could have had prior knowledge that record numbers of Newark teachers were to be laid off and replaced with Teach for America scabs. Your brilliant strategy of advocacy for weaker tenure protections, subjective evaluations and complicity with those who wish to turn teachers into Walmart employees has played nicely into the hands of your coconspirators Bill Gates and the Walton Foundation.
I am grateful to you for your wise stewardship of the AFT and your particular interest in advancing the interests of Newark schoolchildren by having them taught by a revolving door of unqualified teacher impostors. Send my regards to Cami next time you speak to her. 
In gratitude, 
A Newark Teacher
Even my pal Michael Fiorillo seemed astounded when he read my earlier posting this morning "Dear Randi" From a Newark Teacher.
With Cami Anderson wanting to lay off 700 tenured teachers and replace them with newbie Teach for America scabs, this story takes on new dimensions, especially with Randi's letter to Chris Christie yesterday - excuse me for a minute while I gag.

I'm back. Really and truly, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.


  1. Personally, I do not think the use of German fascism as an analogy (Vichy) in a political debate is helpful. It takes two events out of historical context and inflames the debate. That being said, there is no question that if corporate education reform is able to carry out its agenda the United States will see an authoritarian regime like we have never experienced in our history.

  2. Anonymous8:25 PM

    Thanks for reposting!

    A Newark Teacher

  3. Sadly, in 2012 the AFL-CIO construction & trade workers union & Newark Teacher's Union president Del Grasso supported Goldman's Company Town, I mean Newark Teacher's Village.