December 9th is the Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education: http://t.co/m4hlAgtUPs #reclaimit
— AFT (@AFTunion) November 30, 2013
@AFTunion @gailDrich Start w/ not taking $11 million in Gates Foundation cash into AFT coffers http://t.co/Ut8GINitDA
— realitybasededucator (@perdidostschool) November 30, 2013
I added another tweet asking just what the AFT leadership promised to the Gates Foundation in exchange for all of that cash (as a commenter on a Common Core story earlier noted, Gates Foundation money ALWAYS comes with strings attached), but it really was a rhetorical question.
We know what Randi and Company promised in exchange - undying fealty to the Common Core, tacit agreement to not fight too hard to overturn teacher evaluations tied to test scores, and other concessions to the corporate education reform movement.
An important component to fighting the corporate reform agenda is calling the union leadership on their lies, deceptions and propaganda.
Sure, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the Walton Family and a host of lesser education reform luminaries helped bring about the mess that we have now and sure, they did it by buying off many of the politicians in both parties to promote their agenda.
But they got a lot of help from the union leadership - from Randi at the AFT to Mikey at the UFT to Iannuzzi at the NYSUT to Dennis at the NEA.
They got help from union locals from New Haven to Baltimore to Newark.
Other than Karen Lewis and the CORE braintrust running CTU and some of the locals fighting the Common Core mess here in NY State, most of the union leadership has sold out.
A Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Education cannot be authentic and productive without calling Weingarten, Mulgrew, Iannuzzi, Van Roekel and the other union sell-outs on their horse@#$# that helped steal the promise of public education in the first place.