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[Susan notes: The New York Times continues to offer sound bite space to Randi Weingartner, when increasingly, she fails to speak for the rank and file.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
05/30/2014

To the editor

The New York Times continues to pose opposition to the Common Core standards as coming from the right ( OppositionCommon Core School Standards Face a New Wave of Opposition), offering space to AFT head Randi Weingartner to proclaim that the AFT "executive council recently passed a resolution supporting 'the promise and potential of the Common Core State Standards.'"

Weingartner's proclamation was followed by the reporter's phrase "teachers unions say. . . ," suggesting that union members across the country support the Common Core.

The New York Times should note that the AFT executive council is clinging to a leaky life raft in a vast ocean of teacher discontent. Here's one example: On May 7, 2014, the 800-member Chicago AFT House of Delegates, representing the second-largest AFT local in the country, unanimously voted against the Common Core.

Unanimous. Not one dissenting vote. Among other things, this resolution, written by teachers, speaks to the need for "developmentally appropriate practices." This core issue is something classroom teachers worry about--but that the media seems unable to comprehend.

Susan Ohanian


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