Do any of Obama's campaign people EVER do any basic fact checking before running with a "feel good" story?!
"President Obama spoke last night about the need to “win the race to educate our kids” and asked if we as Americans are “willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.” He highlighted one school in particular—Bruce Randolph School in Denver. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs,” Obama said. “But last May, 97 percent of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college.”
What Obama failed to mention is how Bruce Randolph turned its situation around: firing teachers at will after being granted an exemption from union rules.
Here’s what the ABC affiliate in Denver reports:
Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.
Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.
Praising a school that fired almost the entire faculty without input from the local union probably doesn’t sit well with national teachers unions, who gave the Democrats nearly $5 million total in 2008."
As a teacher who is vehemently opposed to HAVING to join my local teacher's union, I think what this school did was AWESOME! And I would wholeheartedly support every school district across the country following in suit!
What do the rest of you think...1.) about Obama praising a school that showed marked success and improvement having eliminated what was obviously the problem, and 2.) not realizing what this school did was completely at odds with the very unions who have donated heavily on Obama's campaigns?!
Obama's "WTF Tour 2012" is starting off ever so nicely!! LOL :o)
Answer by MamaAlice54 at 1:19 AM on Jan. 29, 2011
Answer by goodwitch399 at 4:04 AM on Jan. 29, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 11:17 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
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Answer by NotPanicking at 11:28 AM on Jan. 29, 2011
LOL. It's getting pretty crowded under Obama's bus. I doubt he is worried much about it. He blows through towns and gives pretty speeches to people that already support him and will no matter what he says or does. The only people interested enough to scratch the surface are those that already know what he's about. The unions won't drop their support of him. He's still dangling EFCA in front of their faces. They want it so bad they can taste it.
I agree though, many of the poor performing schools could benefit from the same action that this school took.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:18 PM on Jan. 29, 2011
Answer by cbk_mom3 at 2:24 PM on Jan. 29, 2011
Answer by goodwitch399 at 3:08 PM on Jan. 29, 2011
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Answer by sopranomommy at 12:12 PM on Jan. 29, 2011