Two documents from the American Federation of Teachers meeting worth checking out are Bill Gates’ speech to the AFT in Seattle (pdf) and Randi Weingarten’s speech to the delegates (pdf). Close reading rewarded in different ways both speeches are very important in some subtle and not subtle ways. Press clips here for local coverage and here for the invaluable Sawchuk. Also, some video of the goings on around opposition to the Gates appearance. It’s being circulated as a shame on Randi video by her detractors in the union but I don’t think that’s the takeaway at all, she comes off looking like the responsible ringmaster host trying to be gracious for an invited guest.
Understory: So the unelected government spoke to the AFT but not the elected one? Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Seattle for an event with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) same time as the convention, but no appearance. Slight or signal, or both?
Standing disc: The BMGF supports Bellwether.