November 9, 2010
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On Resignation of New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein
WASHINGTON—I worked closely with Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Joel Klein and others, including the amazing educators of New York City, over the years to improve the city’s school system and to provide all public school children with a great education. It’s not a secret that the chancellor and I did not always see eye to eye on what’s best for our kids and fair to our teachers, but I never questioned his commitment to the city’s children. I believe New York City’s schools, despite the challenges they face right now, are better than they were a decade ago. I wish him well in his next endeavor.
I do not know Cathie Black, but I do know that in times like these, kids need leaders who believe in collaboration and who will work closely with teachers, parents and the community on behalf of students and schools. I hope she is that kind of leader.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.