TWEAKING THE TEACHERS UNION: Campbell Brown’s Partnership for Educational Justice will storm social media today with a campaign meant to shame teachers unions for defending the current laws governing the dismissal of misbehaving educators. The campaign highlights examples of poor judgment — or outright malfeasance — that have been investigated over the years and resolved by returning the teacher to a classroom. The partnership only tells one side of the story, but its examples are undeniably striking, including teachers who submitted bogus test scores, inappropriately touched students and rang up 113 absences in three years. The tagline: “Teachers matter. Our students & families deserve better.” The group is fighting in court to overturn New York’s dismissal laws and making plans to support similar litigation in other states. It’s staffing up in preparation for a national expansion; new hires include chief of staff Savita Bharadwa, a former New York City education official, and general counsel Ralia Polechronis, an attorney who has done extensive work on behalf of charter schools.
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