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Re: [arn2-strategy] Wingarten lies about Chicago "support" for Arne Duncan
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- Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 08:39:21 -0500
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Thank you for this analysis, George. Since Mastery Learning, Chicago
offers the education model for the sheep to follow. This crony
capitalism is very similar to NEA's Joel Packer, whose site banner
reads that he "has all the answers," telling Philip Kovacs and me in PDK
that the NEA couldn't advocate ending NCLB because they need to keep a
seat at the table AND IRA lobbyist telling me that IRA's position on
NCLB was "we never tell Congress anything they don't want to hear."
It doesn't have to be this way. Note the BC teachers federation, which
is on the edge of leading teachers into a ethical/professional strike
against standardized testing.
In a message dated 12/14/08 5:31:14 AM, email@example.com
<< The American Federation of Teachers presented the Obama team with
written evaluations of a string of candidates without endorsing any of
them, said Randi Weingarten, the union's president. "We have no
candidate in the race," Ms. Weingarten said.
But last week she publicly praised Mr. Duncan in an interview with The
Associated Press. "Arne Duncan," she said, "actually reaches out and
tries to do things in a collaborative way." >>
Arne Duncan's career has been in crony capitalism, Chicago style.
was appointed "CEO" of Chicago's public schools by Mayor Richard M.
July 2001, he has been responsible for the greatest expansion of
(generally, but not exclusively, at the central and "area" offices,
as well in the schools) on the CPS payroll since the Great Depression
the school system was controlled by politicians, leading to its
1945). Duncan has also presided over more "no bid" contracts from
(for everything from buildings and computer hardward and software to
schools) in the history of the City of Chicago abd its public schools.
Finally, and equally important, Arne Duncan has closed "failing schools"
(dubiously defined by low test scores for one or two years, often
special circumstances at the schools) in Chicago's African American
Since Duncan became CEO, he has eliminated 2,000 black teachers from
Chicago's teaching force, undoing decades of desegregation and
affirmative action in
the name of "school reform."
Last year (2007-2008) Duncan began a program he called "Turnaround"
the corporate models) that was actually reconstitution. He fired most
teachers and principals in six public schools (four elementary
high schools). At each of those six schools, the majority of the
principals were black.
Were Arne Duncan living and working in Mississippi in 1952, it would
for the USA to see what he is and has been up to in the service of
Chicago. Because he plays ball not only with Barack Obama but with
Daley and corporate Chicago, Chicago's white blindspot has ignored the
that Duncan has gotten rid of more African American educators than most
Mississippi and other southern governments during those dark days just
before Brown v.
Board of Education in 1954.
The reason why the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) can promote
candidacy is that seven years of turmoil within Chicago's union has
union badly split (and weakened). Arne Duncan does not have the
Chicago's teachers. He has the support of the president of the Chicago
Union, Marilyn Stewart, who is in the midst of a purge of her own
elected administration. Stewart, a lame duck officer with no more
re-election than George W. Bush, is viewed by the majority of Chicago
Union members as a traitor to her union and the teaching profession.
George N. Schmidt
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