ALBANY—American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is using an anti-Common Core campaign to “cloak” his other positions on education issues that would be far less palatable to public school advocates.
Weingarten, the former president of New York City's United Federation of Teachers, said during a telephone briefing with reporters on Friday that Astorino's proposal to run on a “Stop Common Core” ballot line in the November's election might appeal to some teachers who also oppose the standards, but his other positions likely wouldn't.
“I'm sure that he's intending it to cloak his other positions, like less funding in an already underfunded system of education in New York state, and his other positions about getting rid of due process and his very Wisconsin Walker-like positions about collective bargaining,” Weingarten said. “I'm sure he wants to try to cloak those positions by using this new line. I suspect you're going to see a whole lot of people make sure there is a real education campaign about who Rob Astorino really is.”
Is Astorino cloaking his true intentions with the "Stop Common Core" ballot line, trying to get some lefties opposed to the Common Core to vote for him despite some of his other anti-public education and anti-union stances?
But Weingarten and her AFT/UFT minions cloaked their true intentions over the future of Common Core last weekend at the AFT convention by saying they were going to allow a full and fair debate about the AFT's support for Common Core, then by rigging that debate in committee to ensure that the leadership's pro-CCSS resolution passed (see here and here.)
So if anybody knows about cloaking their true intentions with jive, it's Randi Weingarten and the AFT leadership.
No wonder she could call Astorino out on his "Stop Common Core" jive.
She's full of it herself.