Is Randi Really Ready to Talk?

The NY Times reports Randi Weingarten expressed a willingness to talk about controversial issues today in a speech to education policymakers in Washington:
“In the spirit of this extraordinary [economic crisis], and as a pledge of shared responsibility, I’ll take the first step,” she said. “With the exception of vouchers, which siphon scarce resources from public schools, no issue should be off the table, provided it is good for children and fair to teachers.”
Now it's unclear whether Randi will actually follow through her talk with action. But meanwhile her willingness to discuss teacher tenure and merit pay could make some waves, especially amongst the shrillest anti-reform members of the old guard. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens next.


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