There's nothing surprising in Weingarten's dealing in New Haven. The AFT/UFT doesn't play the role as teacher advocate but as broker between teachers and the ed deformers. In fact it's worse than that. Weingarten is there to sell the as much as the ed deform program to teachers as she can get away with. The new Manchurian Candidate.
"I rarely say that something is a model or a template for something else, but this is both," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who helped broker the New Haven deal.
"This shows a willingness to go into areas that used to be seen as untouchable," Mr. Duncan said.
A showdown between the White House and the powerful teachers' unions looks, for the moment, a little less likely.
This week in New Haven, Conn., the local teachers union agreed, in a 21-1 vote, to changes widely resisted by unions elsewhere, including tough performance evaluations and fewer job protections for bad teachers.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as the unions, said the New Haven contract could be repeated in other school districts.
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