Education, State Finance and Teacher Bashing

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The top priority for most Americans is education, and public school teachers around the country say the past two years have been a nightmare. Reformers, from the President on down, are pushing to abolish seniority, hold teachers accountable for student performance and even close some schools altogether. Has that paved the way for teachers to become punching bags for Republican Governors who want to balance budgets and bust public sector unions? Will bashing teachers improve education? Are they being scape-goated for conditions they didn't create and can't change?

Credits

Guests:
Kay McSpadden - English Teacher, York Comprehensive High School, Lisa Graham Keegan - Founder, Education Breakthrough Network, Diane Ravitch - New York University - @DianeRavitch, Leonie Haimson - Class Size Matters - @leoniehaimson

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper