158-0….And Shut Out By Alter, Too!

Over at bold print blog Edwize it’s all about the kids…except when it’s about the contract! 158 comments on EdWize about the fact-finders report, no mention of what’s good for the kids. Curious…

Also, at the same place, Leo Casey comes back about this post, nothing new except some links to random unrelated Eduwonk posts to try to stick it to these guys. It’s actually pretty tendentious in other ways, for instance no one is suggesting most teachers work less than 4 hours a day, the issue is what’s in the contract. The bottom line here doesn’t require the words Leo devotes to it. Read this, read where the UFT is on this stuff, and then read the fact finders report. Duh. Could it be that they saw different numbers than Leo is touting? Stay tuned…

By the way, in case the teachers’ unions aren’t convinced that they’ve lost elite opinion on this issue and are in the process losing the public, check out this line from Jonathan Alter in his recent Newsweek cover story about Katrina’s broader lessons.

Democrats have offered little on education beyond opposition to NCLB. They’ve shown more allegiance to the teachers unions (whose contracts are models of unaccountability) than to poor kids.

Yikes. Plenty of time for Ds to fix this perception before ’08, but not a lot to waste…More interesting question, when do people like SEIU’s Stern decide that they can’t be dragged down by this and really start publicly distancing themselves…that’s some class warfare worth watching…

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