The first sign of open warfare was the public support given to the mass firing of 100 teachers in Central Falls, Rhode Island by Ed Secretary Arne Duncan and President Obama.
This wasn’t a policy dispute. These were real teachers, in real classrooms with real families. It was an open shot across the bow. A warning to all public school teachers that this administration was out to get them.
This is not paranoia. It is now the reality facing every public school teacher in the country.
Today, Arne Duncan announced that he was in full support of the Los Angeles Times publishing in the newspaper the names of teachers who have students who don’t test well.
Duncan asked, “What is there to hide?”
What a fool.
Duncan was joined by the California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss who said, “Publishing this data is not about demonizing teachers,” Reiss said. “It’s going to create a more market-driven approach to results.”
There’s a slogan for Obama to run on in 2012: “Public schools. Let’s have market-driven results! Vote Obama.”
Duncan and Obama have continually claimed that their version of school reform was not going to be done to teachers, but with teachers.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is a declaration of a political war on teachers.
Will it be a one-sided war? Our union leaders must see to it that it is not.