Norm Scott's ceaseless coverage at Ed Notes of the AFT Convention in Los Angeles should not be missed.
Hearing about AFT President Randi Weingarten talk out of all sides of her mouth that she favors democracy on whether or not the AFT should support a Chicago Teachers Union resolution opposing Common Core, while behind the scenes the UFT Unity Caucus leaders from NYC are making sure to take control of even a committee debate on the issue, is nothing new for anybody who has been to a UFT Delegate Assembly meeting.
Even the normally pro-Randi Diane Ravitch is siding with CTU while acknowledging that Randi has the NYC votes locked up to block anything in the national union. If the Unity people from NYC want to go to another convention paid for at member expense or see a union job, they will do what they are told and will not oppose Common Core.
If one really wants to see what the AFT leadership is really about, just watch the video linked here.
They are up to their necks in corporate school reform and asking them to reject Gates money, as some California Delegates are doing, seems kind of naïve .
The rank and file needs to step up.
Norm we all owe you for your efforts.