Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Randi on Eduwonk

Randi Weingarten is following in Chris Cerf's footsteps as a guest blogger on Andy Rotherham's Eduwonk.  Kudos to her for being willing to argue her point of view on a reform-oriented web site.  In general, I think that people involved in the school reform debate tend to hang out -- both in person and online -- with like-minded people (I'll admit to being guilty of this some -- much? -- of the time), so what Randi is doing is important.  Hey, maybe someday I'll be invited to guest blog on Edwize!  (The UFT's blog at www.edwize.org <http://www.edwize.org> .)

Needless to say, I disagree with nearly everything Randi writes, but that's a story for another time.  In the meantime, I'll refer you to some of my past comments about charter schools:

Chartering Educational Excellence: Why Teachers Matter Most
Randi Weingarten
Opinions here are my own and not necessarily those of the United Federation of Teachers, where I serve as President.

In 1988, Al Shanker, the late president of the American Federation of Teachers, launched the country's charter school movement. While there were many founding contributors to this school reform that now educates over 1 million students in 4,000 schools, no one was more influential in developing the charter school concept and promoting it nationwide than Al.

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