NYC Teachers Union Plays Race Card Against Progressive Teachers Group
One of the leaders of the UFT in NYC, Leo Casey, recently played the race card against TFA, which is both shameful and ridiculous, as TFAers are 40% minority! 40% of Harvard's graduating black seniors applied to TFA – and Casey is saying THIS?!
Leo Casey, vice president the New York City United Federation of Teachers, seems to believe that TFA is somehow bad because too many of the teachers are white. The film clip of his comments comes from EAGtv:
The teaching force in New York City has become steadily whiter under [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg and [former schools Chancellor Joel] Klein and it is connected I think in significant measure to the use of groups like Teach for America which are significantly whiter than the teaching force.
Yes, at the socialist-organized Left Forum, Casey tossed the race card on the table, accusing Teach For America of "whitening" New York City public schools.
Teach For America told EAGtv that its members comprise less than 1% of the teaching force in New York City and about 60% TFA members are white. Those facts are merely a distraction to Casey in his racial smear campaign.
My child's teacher could be purple and look like Barney the Dinosaur – if he or she is an effective teacher and can help my son excel, so be it. Why are leftists always so focused on race?
Does Randi Weingarten, whose organization oversees UFT, stand by Casey' sickening comments or repudiate them? As in the case of the California Federation of Teachers resolution honoring cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, she has remained silent.
It would behoove the unions to work in the best interest of children and make sure the best teacher possible is in front of every child in America, regardless of their skin color.
Teach For America is having a positive impact on some of America's worst schools, and gutter attacks by the likes of Leo Casey and the United Federation of Teachers should not be tolerated.