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Media no longer chummy with teachers unions?

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From today's Wall Street Journal op-ed by Richard Whitmire (immediate past president of the National Education Writers Association) and Andy Rotherham (former education advisor to Bill Clinton and the guy behind the Eduwonk blog):

In recent months, the press has not merely been harsh on unions—it has championed some controversial school reformers. Washington's schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, who won't win any popularity contests among teachers, enjoys unwavering support from the Post editorial page for her plans to institute merit pay and abolish tenure.

Editorial pages of major papers nationwide have begun to demand accountability for schools, despite objections from vested interests. Since the Obama administration took an unexpectedly tough line on school reform, the elite media response has been overwhelmingly positive.

On his blog, USF education professor Sherman Dorn says Whitmire and Rotherham "fall prey to faux-trend fallacy."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]

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