UFT President Michael Mulgrew is attempting to open up the Democratic presidential candidates' debates to two New Yorkers running for President. I saw this from Mulgrew on MORE's Facebook page.
Two New Yorkers--Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand--have met the polling threshold. But both struggled with their number of small donors. Gillibrand cleared the donor threshold this weekend, but more is always better. De Blasio continues to need support. Wednesday, June 12 is the deadline for contributions.
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What can I say? The sucking up to Mayor de Blasio knows no end it seems. And what are we getting for the UFT sycophancy?
Meanwhile, we have learned that Elizabeth Warren has hired a Teach for America (generally anti-union) alum as her education advisor.
From Mercedes Schneider's post on this topic:
According to his Linkedin bio, Joshua Delaney is Democratic presidential hopeful, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s, senior education policy advisor. He describes his job as follows:
Advise United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on all matters pertaining to early, elementary, secondary, and higher education, including college affordability and student loan debt.
“Advise… on all matters pertaining to early, elementary, secondary, and higher education.” That’s quite a responsibility. No problem: Delaney has put in his two years (2011-13) as a Teach for America (TFA) temp teacher as a “ninth-grade special education algebra co-teacher..."
And so, this is who is in Elizabeth Warren’s ear advising her on All Things Education:
A former TFAer who rode in on the ed policy express.
Warren has yet to crystallize her position on K12 education. She publicly supported Bernie Sanders’ nebulous, loaded statement against “for-profit charter schools” and said that” pubic tax dollars should stay in our public schools.”
Does this mean that she is fine with nonprofit charter schools? What about nonprofit charter schools with for-profit management? Does Warren consider charter schools to be “public” schools since they take public money?
Warren’s campaign website offers no specifics on her K12 education position.
She's rising in the polls but is she on the side of public school teachers?