Lenny Isenberg writes: The organized corporate assault on public education- and more specifically costly veteran teachers- has gone on unimpeded over the last 9 years, because teachers' unions around the country have not only done nothing to protect their dues paying members, they have actually assisted the school districts in getting rid of top of the salary scale teachers under any pretext by offering an appearance of validity to what on closer examination is a clearly illegal and morally reprehensible process that has destroyed the lives of thousands of completely innocent teachers around the country- that is until now.
In New York City UFTSolidarity under the leadership of unjustly targeted teachers and others who have finally realized that the best defense against this well-orchestrated assault against public education by the school district and their union is a proactively offense to take back their union with a substantive program designed to vigorously confront the corporate agenda of privatizing public education for profit and the further dumbing of America that has finally gotten some push back.
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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)