Rahm Emanuel ~ From the Obama Campaign to the Campaign Against Teachers Unions
What is interesting is that a week ago Rahm was in the news for another reason. He departed his post as co-chair of the Obama re-election campaign. The press has generally painted this as the Democrats playing hard ball on raising money since Rahm now will be directing a "Super PAC." But might it not have been more of an anticipation of how the s#!t will surely hit the fan as the Democratic party lines up against the teachers union? This way Obama can try to distance himself from the Emanuel assault without actually siding with the union.
* In doing so Emmanuel is in cahoots with Chicago Schools Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard who was until recently the Superintendent here in Rochester. Like Duncan, Emanuel and Obama, he is an opportunistic peddler of suspect reform proposals.
** For those convinced that teachers and their unions are the source of problems with American public schools a good place to start is this recent pair of essays   by Diane Ravitch in the NYRB. The bottom line? There is no actual evidence for your views.