AFT President Weingarten on Minnesota Lawsuit Over Due Process
WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on lawsuit to be filed tomorrow in Minnesota challenging teachers’ workplace protections:
“It's not surprising that Campbell Brown continues to do the bidding of her monied donors—particularly when the weight of the evidence is so clear that you cannot fire your way or sanction your way or test your way to children’s educational success. Lawsuits like this stymie the real work that this lawsuit says it wants to do—growing and nurturing a great teaching force— and that happens by recruiting, mentoring, supporting and retaining teachers, not firing them. And the consequences of these kinds of suits and the test-and-sanction environment they spawn has been a real teacher shortage (a huge drop-off in those in teacher preparation schools as well as in Teach For America).
“What really harms students are social inequities that fail to provide disadvantaged children with the programs and services they need to succeed. Tenure doesn’t give anyone a job for life; it's simply about ensuring fairness and due process in the workplace. Stripping teachers of workplace protections will harm, not help, those students most at risk. Sadly this suit just takes us in the opposite direction, and as such is politics as usual from Campbell Brown, who continues to bash teachers rather than tackling the real problems facing public education.”
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