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Thu Jul 3, 2014, 01:25 AM

Ravitch: Do Public School Teachers Have Any Friends in the Obama Administration?

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/24563-do-public-school-teachers-have-any-friends-in-the-obama-administration

The Obama administration strongly supports privatization via charters; one condition of Race to the Top was that states had to increase the number of charters. The administration is no friend of teachers or of teacher unions. Secretary Duncan applauded the lamentable Vergara decision, as he has applauded privatization and evaluating teachers by the test scores of their students. There are never too many tests for this administration. Although the president recently talked about the importance of unions, he has done nothing to support them when they are under attack. Former members of his administration are leading the war against teachers and their unions.

Think Rahm Emanuel, who apparently wants to be known as the mayor who privatized Chicago and broke the teachers' union. Or think Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary who is now leading the public relations campaign against teachers' due process rights.

The National Education Association is meeting now in Denver at its annual conference. The American Federation of Teachers holds its annual convention in Los Angeles in another week or so. Both must take seriously the threat to the survival of public education: not only privatization but austerity and over-testing. These are not different threats. They are connected. Austerity and over-testing set public schools up to fail. They are precursors to privatization. They are intended to make public schools weak and to destroy public confidence in democratically controlled schools. What is needed at this hour is a strong, militant response to these attacks on teachers, public schools, and -- where they exist -- unions.


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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 08:19 AM

1. Your bold print: at first I thought it was just my conspiracy theory craziness that led me to see an

intentional pattern in that. I am still not certain that it is organized, but as Sherrod Brown recently pointed out, it might simply be craven greed from a number of quarters drooling like vultures over the carcass of public education.

Whether it's organized or not, the intentional weakening of public education is happening.

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Thu Jul 3, 2014, 10:26 AM

2. Another avenue of Shock Doctrine.

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