Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:47 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Chris Christie: "This is where education is moving; be part of the difference or get run over."
Anyone who believed that one good Chicago strike would stop the ruling class agenda against the public schools would have been surprised at how completely the agenda is still being pushed. Within a couple of days after teachers in Newark, New Jersey, ratified a contract agreeing to merit pay, the voices of the plutocracy were raises in praise of Newark — and again against Chicago's teachers, union and union leaders...
Newark (New Jersey) teachers approved a contract that includes the merit pay provisions by a vote of more than 60 percent in favor....“This is where education in America is moving, and you can either be part of the difference, or you can be run over by it,” said Christie, when asked if he thought the New Jersey Education Association would agree to a similar deal. “I would be thrilled to have them be part of the difference, but I am not one bit reluctant to run them over with it. It can work either way.”
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, the parent of the Newark local, said the process, while long and often contentious, "showed what can be done when all involved keep their eyes on the bottom line..." But while Randi Weingarten was (again) playing "Good Teacher - Bad Teacher" both within her own Newark local and against the New Jersey Education Association, the voices of wealth in America immediately raised the "Newark Model" for the world. And the game of "Good Union - Bad Union" was being played against the Chicago Teachers Union...
Response from the international corporate "school reform" plutocracy was almost immediate. The earliest praise for Newark's contract beyond the borders of New Jersey came internationally, in the pages of The Economist. Within a few days...the Chicago Tribune weighed in with the same praises (and the same censures of Karen Lewis and the CTU leadership). While the Tribune was praising the wisdom of the Newark teachers (and of Randi Weingarten of the AFT for joining hands with New Jersey governor Chris Christie behind the merit pay deal), both the Economist and the Tribune took a shot at Chicago teachers and union president Karen Lewis for being behind the times. Meanwhile, Chicago's WLS was red baiting CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey for being a "Red..."
Newark: Republican neolib in Democratic clothing Cory Booker's fiefdom
Weingarten: Oligarch's mole masquerading as union leader
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Chris Christie: "This is where education is moving; be part of the difference or get run over." (Original post)
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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:04 AM
moondust (8,935 posts)
1. Corporatizing schools and prisons
and military and other public functions will eventually give investors more places to lay their bets! And if school remains mandatory up to a certain age and the war on drugs continues along with drones and endless militarism...well, there's gonna be some mighty pretty profits almost guaranteed for somebody!