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Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Hope for Teachers' Unions - Finally some sane union leaders.

Informed about nature of teachers unions (CTA) in California, their power, their willingness to abuse that power to protect themselves from accountability, I've begun a quest to find honest educators, who care more about their students' education than about their own paycheck and job security.

Carol Hunter, staff for SDUSD Board Member, John Lee Evans', sent me these links to report that there is still hope for ethical leadership, at least in the National Teachers' Unions.

Jay Mathews and Nick Anderson - of the Washington Post talks about how Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers,  speech calls for teachers to make ethical choices:

"When your union deals with issues affecting both teaching quality and teachers' rights, which of these should be the higher priority--working for professional teaching standards and good teaching, or defending the job rights of teachers who face disciplinary action?"

Also, read Bob  Herbert - New York Times Op-Ed: A Serious Proposal