January 2011 Issue
December 19, 2010

What they're saying

Source: NYSUT United

AFT President Randi Weingarten"Improving our schools — and preparing our children for college, career and life — is too important to be reduced to a choice between who is right and who is wrong. This is not a matter of whether we move forward on improving schools, but rather of how we do it, and we invite Michelle Rhee to work with us to give our kids the great schools they deserve and need."

— Statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten regarding the establishment of former Washington D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee's new group, Students First.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema"Americans are suffering during this recession — many middle-class workers [who] have been self-sufficient their entire careers are facing unemployment for the first time ever. Those who imply that these hard-working people use unemployment benefits to avoid getting back to work, or that unemployment benefits are a disincentive for people to find work, don't know the American people. We are a nation that values hard work, and Americans are looking to put in an honest day's work and take care of their families. We should help them do just that."

— Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, on http://www.politico.com/