I'm not always a fan of Charles Barron over some of his bombast, but he and his wife, State Assemblywoman (and former teacher and principal Inez Barron, who I just love), have stood up for teachers, parents and community time and again in the WalBloomKlein years. Oh, and did I say he is adamantly opposed to mayoral control in any form – no tweaks like the UFT wants – and for local control that would empower parents and teachers at the school level, something that both Bloomberg, Bill Gates and Randi Weingarten/Michael Mulgrew all oppose.
At yesterday's DA, which thankfully I skipped, the Unity ant hill went along, leading their flock to slaughter.
Here is a post on the story from NYCTeachers.com
We all know how spineless Michael Mulgrew and the UFT executives were when they sat out of the most important mayoral race ever in New York City. The UFT helped Bloomberg get his third term as mayor when they sat on their hands and did not endorse William Thompson. How the teacher's union can sit out of a mayoral race is beyond comprehension.Mulgrew and the UFT executives are showing that they are still not looking out for the best interest of their members, as they sit out of the very important Brooklyn Congressional race between Charles Barron and Hakeem Jeffries. Barron and Jeffries are running for the seat that the retiring Ed Towns held for many years. The UFT is not looking out for the best interest of their members and that is a huge problem.Charles Barron has been endorsed by NYCTeachers.com because he is a strong supporter of the teachers of New York City, and he has been on the frontline fighting against school closings, teacher layoffs and public funding being used for Charter schools. Hakeem Jeffries receives funding from Charter school organizations and Charter school advocates, which is a slap in the face to teachers of New York City and to the union. The expansion of Charter schools is an attempt by Bloomberg. Klein and many of their friends, to bust the union and to control public education dollars.How can the UFT not fight against a guy like Hakeem Jeffries, who will play a part in busting their own union and hurting their own members. DC37 is smart enough to understand that a vote for Jeffries is a vote against unions and teachers, so they have decided to endorse Charles Barron.Mulgrew and the UFT executives MUST answer questions about this move or they should be ousted immediately, for not looking out for the teacher's best interest.Teachers must go out in full support of Charles Barron if we care about our profession. Pass the word on to all teachers and educators.
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