Martin Luther King Jr.’s March Against Tenure…

… didn’t happen.  But reading the hyperbolic post-Vergara cheering from Michelle Rhee and others, one would think he did, with vigor.

Here is my reply to San Jose Mercury News editorial “Vergara decision quantifies the harm done by inadequate teachers” the home paper of Silicon Valley billionaire David Welsh who financed the case.   I posted mine in their comments, and invite you to engage in dialogue as well.

We are likely to find that the problems of housing and education, instead of preceding the elimination of poverty, will themselves be affected if poverty is first abolished.” – Martin Luther King. Jr.

Despite the excellent, heart-rendering spin, the Vergaga suit is not civil rights. It’s not Brown v. the Board of Education.

Can one imagine Martin Luther King, Jr. walking arm in arm with billionaires against middle-class teachers rights?

Talk about theatre of the absurd.

King would be marching against the great inequality in CA, which is #1 in poverty and has the most billionaires. Nowhere is this inequality greater than in Welch’s own backyard of the Bay Area (and Silicon Valley in particular).

Poverty is the real civil rights injustice visited on children – not due process for teachers.

 

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