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Here Come the Vampires to Suck Away Your Right to Organize; Diane Ravitch

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Teachers have been targeted in a mass e-mail  by the right wing Mackinac Center in Michigan (think Koch & Devos), which has never before shown any interest in teachers' well being. 'This whole thing isn't about teachers' First Amendment right s,  but a ploy to bust up the unions and make sure that teachers had even less voice in the world of education.  They were the ones agitating for the end of job protections so that teachers could be fired at any time, including for speaking up and exercising their First Amendment rights!' They have never stood up for teachers rights. 'It sure is 'inspiring to see the one percenters so deeply concerned about teacher freedom of speech.-- to devote all this time and money just because they want to make sure that every teacher has a chance to exercise her rights. It's inspiring.'

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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...)

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