The reaction to Caroline Kennedy’s recent rollout, at least among unaffiliated political observers I’ve spoken to, has not been so positive.
The idea that her public performance has damaged her chances, maybe seriously, seems to have become the consensus take.
But Charlie King, at least, has a more charitable view.
“You have to Read More
Michael Bloomberg introduced national teachers union head Randi Weingarten at the National Press Club in D.C. this morning, stressing what he described as a cooperative relationship that should be duplicated elsewhere, and presenting the city's school system as a national model.
The mayor credited Weingarten for, among other things, helping to make possible mayoral Read More
United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten isn’t buying David Paterson’s argument that his new round of budget adjustments is only slowing the rate of increases in funds for education, not making cuts.
With approximately 200 people gathered around her on the City Hall steps moments ago, Weingarten said, “I just Read More
One of Christine Quinn’s spokesman has taken a leave of absence and is now the interim director of communications for Democrat Mike McMahon’s Congressional campaign.
The spokesman, Anthony Hogrebe, was listed as the contact on a campaign press release announcing that McMahon has been endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers, which, according to the Read More
In 1979, when Joe Bruno was still new to the State Senate, his office was next door to that of State Senator Norman Levy, head of the Labor Committee. Levy’s intern at the time was a young Hofstra student named Randi Weingarten.
“I watched him, as a leader, mature,” Weingarten, now the president of the Read More
Here are some lines from last night’s birthday roast of United Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, who turns 50 on December 18:
“I’m sure many people have gotten you Depends and other things like that, so get used to it.” — Bill Thompson
“I do remember, and will always remember, that you Read More
Last night it was Eliot Spitzer. Now, it’s Sheldon Silver’s turn to show off his support heading into the upcoming legislative session.
A group of influential labor leaders are hosting a breakfast reception with the Assembly speaker on Thursday, December 6.
The list includes Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale & Read More
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. endorses Hillary Clinton. [
Despite rumors, former G.O.P. Assemblyman Howard Mills is not running against Congressman John Hall, reports Liz. [Daily Politics]
The Clinton campaign says the gay veteran, and Hillary ally, who asked a question at last night’s debate was acting completely on his own. [Washington Read More
Here’s a clip of United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten at last night’s candlelight vigil outside the Tweed Courthouse. In the clip she criticizes the Department of Education’s new improvement plan, which includes the "Teacher Performance Unit," a committee of lawyers to help school principles deal with sub-par teachers, particularly those Read More
Here’s some of the current reaction within public education circles to that new merit pay pilot program that Michael Bloomberg and Randi Weingarten announced yesterday.
The UFT’s official blog says the deal has “ ‘shut the door‘ on individual merit pay programs,” because it’s actually a school-wide program.