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NCLB Outrages

Union Bureaucracy

Reminder from Pete Farruggio, PhD. Bilingual Educator, Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education, Co-founder of CalCARE:

For the first two years, AFT leadership supported NCLB, and the NEA leadership kept silent, fearing that teachers would appear selfish for opposing reform. They allowed a member of the Bush family to claim the mantle of "compassionate" and a defender of poor minority kids. They ignored the research that consistently shows that parents like and trust their own kids' teachers, thereby losing us two crucial years of grass roots organizing against the high stakes juggernaut. This is typical of the whole US union bureaucracy, whose selfishness and foolish alliance with the Democratic Party central leadership has led them to remain out of touch with the base and to give away the store ever since the Reaganite onslaught.

— Peter Farruggio


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