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Times, Mayor resume old teacher-bashing ways




The newspaper that publishes faulty teacher rankings (but no editor rankings) published an op-ed yesterday that said the local teacher's union needs to get ahead on reform.

"The UTLA has been defensive..." the fishwrap leads in.

Do you think? Of course it's been defensive. It's been defensive because the Times and the Mayor have both practiced the corporate-cuddling practice of teacher bashing for a few years now, and often using illicit tactics of their own, like promoting faulty teacher rankings, to do so.

The op-ed concludes "It is incomprehensible why UTLA continues to make itself so vulnerable to a 'union is the problem' narrative; why it allows itself to be the "fall guy" for a troubled public school system."

Incomprehensible? What a lie. Of course it's eminently comprehensible, given the fact that so many billionaires and multimillionaires like Richard Riordan and Eli Broad scapegoat teachers as a tactic to try to bring more for-profit charter schools online. Billionaires can also easily buy big city mayors to help them along, even get them to tweet on their behalf....





...even when the mayors are perceived to be pro-union otherwise.


EARLIER:

A new round of teacher bashing at the LA Times

Riordan, Broad, the Eastside Latino Machine, and the legacy of District 5
As Roma Burns
Pravda on Spring Street (Researchers fault LA Times teacher-ranking methods)
When life gives you lemons
Lopez jumps on "Scapegoat the Teacher" bandwagon

THE BOOK TO READ IS:

Why is Corporate America Bashing our Public Schools? Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian, Heinemann, 2004.