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Politico has tracked the IP address of a website attacking former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee to the American Federation of Teachers.
The site, which refers to Rhee as “the Sarah Palin of education” among other things and is the main online source of attacks on Rhee, was launched in February. An tracking tool traces the IP address back to the AFT’s offices in D.C. The site has since jumped to several other IP addresses.
Coming on the heels of an accidentally released-and-then-pulled document explaining the AFT’s strategy to quash the Parent Trigger in Connecticut, we see a clear emerging pattern of aggressive, anti-reform and anti-family empowerment actions by a teachers union that purports to show a friendly hand to education reform.
AFT President Randi Weingarten talks softly and reasonably, and regularly shows up to discuss education policy with pundits of differing views. Unless she can explain away these behind-the-scenes actions, however, no one should take the AFT’s reform talk seriously.
(Read coverage of this story at the Heartlander.)