Oh Randi, East Ramapo’s Calling
September 2, 2015
American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda (Randi) Weingarten constantly professes concern for ensuring that poor and minority people have real voice and control over the direction of public education in their communities. She and her union (along with the front groups it finances) also spend plenty of time criticizing reform efforts in places such as New Orleans, Chicago, Newark, and Philadelphia on those grounds.
So you would think Weingarten and AFT would be protesting all day and night in East Ramapo, N.Y. After all, the district’s black and Latino communities, whose children make up 87.6 percent of the 8,109 students attending its schools, have been subjected to educational malpractice by the board, which is majority white and Jewish. The fact that Weingarten has been silent on the abuse heaped upon East Ramapo’s children says plenty about where her concerns — and that of the union — truly lie.