The kids were heroes yesterday... Bob Braun
Who would you rather be: Newark or Chicago? Who has the better strategy: Joe Del Grosso, or Karen Lewis? ... Jersey JazzmanI haven't been writing about the situation in Newark for some time. The students have taken action as reported by Bob Braun followed by comments by Jersey Jazzman. One political point here. Social justice unionism includes students in the equation. Some scoff. For those scoffers, check out which group is defending the schools in Newark - students or their union? A union leadership that worked with Randi to waffle and concede enormous ground to ed deform.
By the way - Brian Lehrer will have Cami Anderson on today - but he won't be having Bob Braun or Jersey Jazzman to counter her propaganda. I like Lehrer - except for the fact he shows bias in unbalanced reporting on ed deform. But that's heavily funded by ed deform NPR for you.
Jersey Jazzman takes the Newark Teachers Union to task:
Newark’s public schools will be saved from privatization only if supporters are willing to take risks. Yesterday, Newark finally saw some risk takers–the high school students and handful of adults who blocked Broad Street for eight hours, refusing in a very adult way to give up their lines despite an effort by police to plow through, and a mayor who risked criticism for not arresting the students. Continue reading
@BobBraunsLedger is Right About the Newark Teachers Union & One Newark -
I won't question the motivations behind the NTU's strategy; I'll merely point out that they got it wrong. They should have fought this months ago. Now, the only opponents of "One Newark" left to carry on the fight are the students and the parents. I would ask every other teachers union in the state and in the nation to take this as a cautionary tale. Who would you rather be: Newark or Chicago? Who has the better strategy: Joe Del Grosso, or Karen Lewis? I ask this in a spirit of constructive criticism and respect for the leadership of NTU. Because sometimes your best friends are your most honest critics. -