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Teachers and Democrats Head for Divorce

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It's best to quickly recognize the red flags in any failing relationship. This way, ties can be severed instead of allowing things to linger forever in dysfunction.For Democrats and teachers' unions, the writing is on the wall.The two are simply going in opposite directions.

The Democrats continue on the road to corporate-inspired charter schools, using the tried and true method of "stronger teacher evaluations" to undermine "underperforming" schools and teachers -- thus opening the door wide to private charter schools with their non-union workforce.

Obama's Race to the Top education "reform" has enshrined these odious goals into government policy, and the once love-struck teachers' unions have hastily exited the honeymoon stage with the Obama administration, heading toward a quick divorce.

Rank and file teachers have already quit the Obama administration, and by extension the Democrats as a whole. Evidence of this was on display during the national conventions of the two largest teacher unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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Shamus Cooke is a social service worker and activist living in Portland Oregon.

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