September 28, 2010

THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE TO ATTACKING PUBLIC UNIONS (via Bryan Francoeur):

President Obama: Fire failing teachers (KENDRA MARR, 9/27/10, Politico)

President Barack Obama took aim at the nation’s failing schools Monday, saying bad teachers should be fired if they’re not cutting it and that students should stay in school longer each year.

Obama also leveled a critique of the Washington, D.C., public schools, saying his daughters wouldn’t get as good an education there as at their private school. "I'll be blunt with you,” Obama answered. “The answer is 'no' right now.” [...]

The comments seem likely to further exacerbate Obama’s already-strained relations with the nation’s teachers unions, which have objected to Obama’s “Race to the Top” reforms and said Obama and his education chief, Arne Duncan, are scapegoating teachers when the problems are more systemic.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2010 5:57 AM
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