“We ask you to stay the course and oppose attempts to impede the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards,” Weingarten and Engler wrote in their Nov. 26 letter to the governors. None of the governors responded....Sometimes I want to smack myself in the head. My contact in Newark was sending me emails about Randi being at the big meeting last night.
the next time that Weingarten comes to your town with her bullhorn and satin handcuffs, along with her posse of fellow lawyers trained in obfuscation and the art of the diplomatic lie, and her well-rehearsed expressions of solidarity with parents, children, and teachers, I hope that you will ask her which of the policies that she now protests are ones that she did not support at some point in the very recent past, or even the present, or even the future--if we can just get it right....
While many hard working teachers who pay Randi's way resent the fact that she is paid more in salary and benefits than the President of the United States, she has been worth every penny in terms of her return for CorpEd.... Schools Matter
Ravitch writes about how Supt Cami Anderson walked out.
t on Diane Ravitch's blog
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Weingarten Joins Union Enemy John Engler to Plead with Governors to Keep Common Core
At the time, the Newark agreement gave bragging rights to Republican governor Chris Christie for making New Jersey the first state in the Union to base teacher pay on student test scores and on a teacher evaluation scheme that was nothing more than a Christie promise when Weingarten signed off on it.
Now, with teacher grievances piling up based on the meritless merit pay plan that Weingarten approved of last year, a visit to Newark was called for in order to pretend that Randi was against the contract all along.
The facts tell a different story, however. Upon approving of the new contract last November, Weingarten gushed,
The head of the country’s second-largest teachers union and a business leader who tried to weaken unions as a onetime governor of Michigan have made a joint plea to the nation’s governors to stand by the controversial Common Core academic standards.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and John Engler, who leads the Business Roundtable and served as Michigan governor from 1991 to 2003, have written to governors in 45 states — as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia — that have fully adopted the new K-12 math and reading standards.
Weingarten and Engler urged the governors to “get it right” by giving educators time and support as they make wholesale changes in the way they teach and to hold off on testing students on the new standards until schools have fully implemented new curricula based on the standards.
And the pair asked the governors to stand behind the Common Core standards in the face of a growing backlash from critics on the right, the left and in academia.
“We ask you to stay the course and oppose attempts to impede the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards,” Weingarten and Engler wrote in their Nov. 26 letter to the governors. None of the governors responded.
Written by a group of governors and state education officials, with endorsements from the federal government and funding from the Gates Foundation, the Common Core standards are designed to prepare students for an eventual career or college.
“This came from the bottom up, this didn’t come out of Washington,” said Engler, who called the standards an “economic and moral imperative.”