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Weingarten Proclaims Victory In New Haven
THE EDUCATION AGENDA - CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. We applaud the New Haven Independent for its excellent reporting on this issue.
Excellent reporting by Melissa Bailey and the NHI. Regardless of what credits Randi Weingarten is claiming about NHPS, the agreements reached between David Cicarella, president of the NHFT, and the NHPS system happened because of the commitment of the people at the negotiating table and everyone’s (including Cicarella, the State Federation of Teachers, the New Haven BOE, Dr. Mayo’s office and everyone involved there) willingness to be flexible and cooperative.
What happened in New Haven was a professional agreement between people who realized that children were being hurt and that CT’s and America’s future were hanging in the balance. It was not a regular labor contract as was the norm between school districts and teachers. It seems that Weingarten became a late convert; she was not the leading apostle. Only a few months before the historic agreement in New Haven she was spouting union rhetoric that was not in the interest of students, education, New Haven, CT or America; it was the same old antagonistic rhetoric.
It is interesting and also annoying how these political types can manipulate numbers to make themselves look good. Of course, the real cost is to the thousands of children who are not being adequately prepared for graduation from high school, nor are they being prepared for a productive future in the workforce. Much more needs to be done.
In the video clip linked below David Cicarella, Imma Canelli, Garth Harries and representatives of the Citywide PTO discussed NHPS Education Reform efforts and what it means to all involved: http://youtu.be/mTZOyJRtyv0