Of all the people in the world – aside from Betsy DeVos herself – that AFT President Randi Weingarten could pick to co-author an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times with, she chose Stand for Children’s Jonah Edelman.
Fresh off of a tour of schools with the Secretary of Education, Weingarten sat down with the guy responsible for Illinois’ destruction of tenure, seniority and bargaining rights to criticize vouchers.
Not that vouchers aren’t worthy of going after.
But Jonah Edelman?
This is the best co-author Randi could come up with?
Weingarten has a history of this kind of thing. Like when she invited Bill Gates to address the AFT convention.
And stood there grinning as her loyalty oath-signing delegates did a nah, nah, goodbye to those teacher delegates of principle who walked out in protest.
Edelman, you may recall, was the brains and money behind Illinois’ attack on public school unions. He was forced to make a public apology after I posted a video of his talk at the Aspen Institute explaining how he bamboozled the state’s teacher unions into supporting the anti-union law.
That infamous video is at the top of this post.
It seems he hasn’t lost the bamboozle talent.
Vouchers are just one part of the DeVos agenda, and arguably not even the biggest threat. They do work well into the DeVos desire to have the government pay for religious schools and grant the wealthy more entitlements.
Compare Randi’s version of a united front strategy of fighting the DeVos agenda to that of the Chicago Teachers Union which announced their talks to merge the CTU with ChiACTs, the charter school teachers union.
Chicago has been called the epicenter of charter union organizing by charter advocates.
That is a definite unintended compliment.
Bill Gates, Betsy DeVos and now Jonah Edleman.
Laying down with dogs.