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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Randi Weingarten Was Present When Governor Cuomo Rolled Out His "Break The Public School Monopoly" Rhetoric At A Forbes Event

I managed to miss this back on December 2:

CUOMO ON TEACHER EVALUATIONS AT FORBES SUMMIT -- At a private Forbes magazine-sponsored discussion forum in June, Governor Andrew Cuomo told an audience of wealthy philanthropists that state-mandated performance evaluations should be the basis for hiring, firing and tenure decisions. Forbes published video clips and a transcript from the panel on Monday, with excerpts set to appear in its December 15 issue. Capital reported in October that Cuomo and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten participated in the discussion at the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit.

“As a general rule, I am against public monopolies,” Cuomo said at the event, a sentiment that he repeated later during a pre-election interview with the Daily Newseditorial board. “I am in favor of competition and incentives in any system. ... The teacher evaluations system, I think, is the bedrock of this issue. ... There will be incentives. You can promote the stronger. You can help the weaker, and that’s the way markets work and systems work that will break down the ‘public monopoly.’” Watch this clip for more:

Watch the video (link above) - Weingarten is sitting there as Cuomo, pontificating in that insufferable "I am God" voice, explains how competition and incentives makes every system - including the public education system - better.

To reiterate: Cuomo says his teacher evaluation system is the "bedrock" of this issue, bringing competition and incentive to teachers, and he plans to "break" the public school monopoly by adding competition and incentives to it.

He speaks as if his evaluation system and incentive system is awesome (and you can see fellow education reform hack Kaya Henderson - the one implicated in systemic cheating in D.C. - nodding her head as he talks about how hard it has been to implement his system of competition and incentives.

He says evaluating teachers isn't rocket science, but it can and will be done, so as to make schools work like an efficient market, with hiring, firing and bonuses based on evaluations.

Watch Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, as he talks.

She doesn't react at all.

That's our vaunted AFT President in action.

Governor Cuomo lays out his plan to "break" the public school "monopoly" and Randi Weingarten says and does nothing in response.

A preview of the AFT/UFT/NYSUT plan when Cuomo comes to "break" us in a couple of weeks.


  1. Does anyone know what the process is to remove her? We need to begin to research this option, she is the enemy not our friend.

  2. She is not going anywhere. The UFT has her back and controls the entire racket.

  3. We can start locally here in NYC. First is making sure every chapter leader and delegate elected this spring is not a Unity puppet. Then elections 2016.

  4. It will NEVER happen when you have the UFT. Mulgrew never loses and neither does Randi.

    We are toast with these two leading us.

  5. The process to remove her is the RICO statute.

  6. It creates a situation where you start looking at unconventional ways of putting them out of office.

    1. How unconventional Sean?

  7. Can someone lay out a plan to get started? How to use RICO, how to get the right Chapter leaders in power, we need to get her out. We are paying through our dues for own destruction. She cannot be allowed to stay in her position if she continues to harm us. We are fools to let this continue.