Thursday, August 5, 2010


"We have to stop thinking of school buildings as magic castles where the real world doesn't penetrate." Lewis talks to Paul Jay at The Real News. 

There are so many good quotes here that I won't even try to list them. Let's just say these are the kinds of things we in NYC have been hoping would not only be said, but backed up with action. Sorry to say- won't happen here with this Unity Caucus leadership.

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Corporate Media and the
Pillage of Chicago Public Education

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In the weeks following the election of Karen Lewis as the new Chicago Teachers Union President, we see how Chicago's corporate public relations world attempts to spin the story of new union militancy in the face of layoffs and 35 students per classroom. Exclusive press conference scenes and analysis. Interview with Carol Caref, new CTU Region A Vice President, as we watch her and Karen Lewis spar with reporters. George Schmidt, Editor of, provides valuable insights into the media scene in Chicago. Also footage and commentary by reporter John Kugler who describes his question that shut down a press conference put on by Mayor Daley and the head of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman. 27 min.

Karen Lewis with the media shortly after her election as CTU President
Photo: David Vance / Labor Beat

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Smellington G. Worthington III said...

I say, I find the tone of this blog particularly irritating. Why don't you stop meddling with our plans? Bill Gates, the Wal-Mart family, and yours truly know what's good for the bootless and unhorsed. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be engaged in productive labor aimed at reducing my tax burden.

Positions should be open at the Smellington Academy come fall, should you be interested in productive labor.

Anonymous said...

What's the over/under for how many months until Norm dislikes Karen Lewis?

Dibs on 6!