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-- we may not know yet but there is a revolution that is brewing in this country right now it's in our schools.
President Obama says that the shocking news that students in Shanghai.
Are blowing past students here.
Is a clarion call to action in this country.
And then check out these latest comments from Los Angeles mayor Villaraigosa who -- a former teachers union leader.
This is what he set it is not easy for me to say this but the teachers' unions.
Aren't the biggest -- the only problem facing our schools but for many years now they have been been most consistent.
Most powerful -- spenders of the unacceptable status clout as a -- on statement he's a former teachers while nine point out.
Michelle be that makes a lot of strong statements about that she's the founder and CEO of the new a group called students first.
You know we're also as a former chancellor of the Washington DC public schools and she was prominently featured in waiting for Superman.
Out has really been one of the wake up calls with countries in -- -- thank you so much after being here.
My it's great to have you here but what does it signal yet that we're starting to hear people like an -- Villaraigosa who's gonna have to deal and a very strong teachers union.
In LA starting to say they are the problem and things like tenure and job security you're gonna have to change.
I think it showed that that there is they the tide is turning right now when you have someone like mayor Villaraigosa who is a staunch Democrat.
Who is a -- a lot lifelong politician.
And -- you have used to work for the teachers' union himself.
Coming out and and being willing to say that they are a huge part of the problem.
Just shows that there is eight at different willingness.
To face the the challenges head on and to finally sort of confront.
Some of the people who are defending the status well yeah.
-- you know there was a front page story yesterday's near times which outlined three.
Two -- three teachers who are all facing hearings for disciplinary action here in New York City.
Any detailed an exclusion -- -- They're passed around from -- to -- Paper clippings and papers together because they're waiting for their hearing to happen.
I and they had they're still higher they they can't be fired right and so basically this person is being paid a 100000 dollars -- years.
A special education teacher and hasn't worked in six -- yeah.
I mean -- This is that this -- the problem that we have in this country because.
What we have is a system in which public school teachers after usually two years of again being on the job.
Get a get a job for life regardless of performance that's that's essentially how -- operates right now.
And you know from the from the teachers and the teacher union's standpoint you understand why that makes sense because you protecting the jobs -- have your numbers.
But no you know no one can it can be able to really defend.
How that that kind of practice because it is taking money away from children in the classroom that 100000 dollars a year.
Could -- could buy a tremendous amount for any school in New York City.
So you know when you let your job in Washington -- -- and where she gonna go next governor -- new Jersey's is spoke out saying you -- -- comes New Jersey I said the same thing being -- New Jersey.
But it looks like me you're gonna take a broader sort of perspective on this and you've started something called students first the teachers union has tremendous about a power sounds -- wanna be.
The other side -- that they have tremendous power -- student.
Well the problem and public education in America today is that.
A lot of the agenda is driven by special interest.
Including the teacher's union and so when you've got that kind of a dynamic going on it's very lopsided.
In terms of the determining policies and laws.
And I think that's what's led partially to it to the downfall of where we are an American education today.
And so what we aim to do is to be at an an interest group and organize interest group -- advocating on behalf of children.
So that when the union and school districts put policies in place like the ones that that don't allow ineffective teachers to be fired.
Then they're there can be -- another side to this because.
You know politicians and elected officials.
They they're they're influenced by -- you know the pressures that are put on them.
Through both dollars and by both Iraq and so students versus going to be a membership organization -- asking.
People across the country to join this movement to become a member and to stand up for kids.
And -- and it it's an extraordinary acting they're putting together we're just about thirty seconds away from some tape -- back from from President Obama but.
We wish you luck you wanna raise a billion dollars for the certainly a lot of million members within the first year and one billion dollars -- -- -- -- -- thank you so much -- -- --
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