...your generosity in donating AFT funds to the Teacher Village being built to house Teach for America novices in Newark could not have come at a better time.... Newark teacher to AFT President Randi Weingarten (satire alert)See http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.
While TFA scabs live in subsidized government housing, real teachers will go into foreclosures.... Teacher in Newark -- no satire hereDiane Ravitch posted a "Dear Chris Christie" letter Randi sent: Randi to Christie: Give the People of Newark Their Schools.
A long-time Newark teacher sent a follow-up "Dear Randi" letter.
American Federation of
Dear Ms. Weingarten,
You are to be commended for writing a letter to Governor Christie. It is your visionary leadership and the historic contract you were instrumental in negotiating that have brought Newark teachers to the "top of the mountain." Moreover, your generosity in donating AFT funds to the Teacher Village being built to house Teach for America novices in Newark could not have come at a better time. It is inconceivable that you could have had prior knowledge that record numbers of Newark teachers were to be laid off and replaced with Teach for America scabs. Your brilliant strategy of advocacy for weaker tenure protections, subjective evaluations and complicity with those who wish to turn teachers into Walmart employees has played nicely into the hands of your coconspirators Bill Gates and the Walton Foundation. I am grateful to you for your wise stewardship of the AFT and your particular interest in advancing the interests of Newark schoolchildren by having them taught by a revolving door of unqualified teacher impostors. Send my regards to Cami next time you speak to her.
A Newark Teacher
Lots of links on the Newark story.
Chaz did some excellent work:
And lots coming in from the Jersey Boys: