Randi Weingarten, pick of the Oligarchs... Randi was part of the Broad Academy back in 2002

Thanks to our friends elsewhere for this bit of research. Anyone wondering why AFT President Randi Weingarten could rise to the top of the national union without ever having really taught a semester in a real public school teaching situation and then foist Bill Gates on the 2010 AFT convention in Seattle while ignoring the labor history and labor struggles of the Pacific Northwest should at least add the following (from Mad Floridian) to their research file. Randi was part of the Broad Foundation's scam long before the Broadies took over Chicago's public schools with the sponsorship of Rahm Emanuel.


Participants in the academy will not need to leave their current jobs immediately. They will attend trainings for a number of weekends over a ten-month period in locations across the country. Fellowships, including tuition, travel and all program-related expenses, will be fully covered by The Broad Center. At the end of the training, The Broad Center will help place participants in urban school districts as administrators and superintendents.

The Fellows received guidance from leaders in business, education and the non-profit sectors. Faculty at the Academy included:

* Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education

* Henry Cisneros, CEO, American CityVista

* William Cox, Managing Director, School Evaluation Services

* Chris Cross, Senior Fellow, Center on Education Policy

* Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

* Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, The Drucker Foundation

* Don McAdams, Founder, Center for Reform of School Systems

* Donald Nielsen, President, Hazelton Corporation; Chairman, 2WAY Corporation Hugh B. Price, President and CEO, National Urban League

* Paul Ruiz, Principal Partner, Education Trust

* Adam Urbanski, Director, Teacher Union Reform Network

* Randi Weingarten, President, United Federation of Teachers

Perhaps that is why she would do something like this.

Everyone who has followed Weingarten's ascendancy to her position as AFT President knew that she had been the pick of the Oligarchs. Her earlier sweet talk about gutting the teaching profession with pay per score plans had earned her the Business Roundtable's seal of approval, and now she is returning the favor by shifting her tepid endorsement of weakening ethical teaching into a full-blown advocacy for busting her own union. Randi Weingarten should be recalled by the AFT membership, and she should be put out to pasture with the other nags.

At a time when the greed merchants and uncharged felons of Wall Street burrow into the system once more to plan another financial catastrophe a few years hence, Obama's man in charge of deciding how many millions the CEO criminals should get has just been subcontracted out by Weingarten to create a plan to fire teachers for their "misconduct." The scourge of the nation--teacher misconduct!! Misconduct will surely include refusing to go along with educational genocide that is occurring in urban schools, where cognitive decapitation in segregated environments is the order of the day for the poor and the brown.


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