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Teachers' union leader blasts U.S. Education secretary over comments
Teachers' union leader blasts U.S. Education secretary over comments

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten sharply criticized U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week for his praise of a ruling by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge deeming certain job protections for teachers in California as unconstitutional. The ruling represents a major loss for the unions and a groundbreaking win by attorneys who argued that state laws governing teacher layoffs, tenure and dismissals harm students by making them more likely to suffer from ineffective instruction. “You added to the polarization,” Weingarten wrote in a letter to Duncan. “And teachers across the country are wondering why the Secretary of Education...

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