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Reform-Loving Randi


Everyone knows Randi Weingarten, who will be the AFT's next president, has forged numerous partnerships with the tough-as-nails New York City school district and has even started union-run charter schools in the city.

Many expect her to follow in the footsteps of Al Shanker, the legendary AFT leader who, like Weingarten, led the UFT and then both the UFT and the AFT, as she will, and who was an outspoken advocate for unions participating in transforming public schools.

But after four years under the labor-savvy but not exactly change-oriented Edward McElroy, the AFT—unlike its bigger counterpart the NEA—wants to leave no doubts in any minds as to where their next president will steer the union: Its latest press release calls her a "reform-minded advocate who represents the next generation of labor leader."

Now was that a sigh of relief we heard from all those union-watchers who cannot stop talking about the pre- and post-Shanker eras of the AFT?


Randi is brilliant, courageous and tireless on behalf of teachers, and has a good heart. She has done many things for NYC teachers, but the lower ranks in the UFT have often failed to address the problem with teacher abuse, and she is well aware of this failure. I hope that when she moves on to the AFT, she addresses this national scandal that destroys the health along with the careers of wonderful teachers. I also hope that she reads "White Chalk Crime", before she moves up. It is a revelation.

I must wholeheartedly agree, from having had the privilege of knowing Ms. Randi Weingarten, Esq., President of the United Federation of Teachers, that she is a woman of astounding energy, high intelligence and great dedication to the cause of raising the level of national respect for American Teachers, and the important part they play in the future of this great Nation.

At the same time I find that I also must take this opportunity to highly recommend a book that should be required reading for educators everywhere.

It is a book that represents suggested Summer Reading for anyone who even remotely cares about Education in America and wants to make it better.

I would have to second the motion that the very best place to start is the latest blockbuster expose by an Education expert living in Chicago.

Karen Horwitz, M.Ed, spent over a decade researching and compiling the information for her most amazing book:

WHITE CHALK CRIME: The REAL Reason Schools Fail

Virtually everyone who has reviewed this impressive "tour de force", has awarded the book a FIVE STAR Rating.

Below is a typical Review reflecting how people in the field of Education have reacted to this important contribution to our understanding of the things which need to be addressed if we are to make American schools the finest in the world.

Amazon Customer Reviews:

White Chalk Crime: The REAL Reason Schools Fail:
Untold story of crime that has destroyed our schools and how teacher abuse and teacher cleansing have kept this from you

Average Amazon Customer Book Review

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:


By David Pakter, M.A., M.F.A.
"artist / educator" (New York, NY USA)

A shattering expose of how the multi-billion dollar world of education in America has been turned into a business. This seminal work by an expert who has spent her entire life in the field of education pulls back the curtain and exposes the almost unbelievable degree of corruption that exists in the Wizard of Oz world of educating our nation's children.

It has become less about what is good for children and more about how tens of thousands of people, reaching to the highest levels of government have found countless ways to skim and milk the system of money that should be going towards helping educate children in the classroom.

Teachers nationwide who dare to expose this corruption, that manifests itself in countless different forms, (both within schools proper as well as inside the labyrinthian bureaucracies that control the funding), are dealt with swiftly and harshly.

I myself was one such Whistle-blower who attempted to report massive corruption, financial mismanagement and ongoing Federal Civil Rights violations occurring in schools in New York City. My reward for doing the right thing was that I was removed on trumped up allegations and found myself fighting a "David versus Goliath" legal battle for the past four years and counting.

Should anyone wish to know the real reason/s I was removed from my position, it is only necessary to visit the United Federation of Teachers website:


There one will see a photograph of me being decorated by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York's City Hall as a "Teacher of the Year" for Exceptional Achievement in Education. I had designed, built from the ground up, and personally funded, the first premiere Medical Illustration Program in the United States for gifted Minority students. The goal of the program was to serve as a launching pad to propel those highly intellectually gifted students from socio-economically deprived backgrounds into Ivy League Universities and into careers including Medicine, as Physicians and research Scientists.

The success of this unique program was such, that it attracted the attention of Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist, Clara Hemphill.

But once I became a Whistle-blower the New York City Board/Dept of Education went after me with a blistering degree of vengeance and retaliation not witnessed in decades and has led to the Legal arm, known as NYSUT, of the United Federation of Teachers, filing a $ 30,000,000 (thirty million) NOTICE OF CLAIM against schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Esq. and the New York City Board of Education on my behalf.

My case, in the way the press and other assorted news media have reported the above story, in the most skewed and distorted manner possible, makes the case one of the poster children of Karen Horwitz's amazingly factually detailed book. Ms. Horwitz recounts dozens of stories, like my own, all part of an ultimately shocking and illuminating expose of how the world of Education has become a form of billion dollar "piggy bank" for those in a position to raid and feed at the trough of publicly funded Education budgets.

The countless stories of the fates that have befallen teachers nationwide and the abusive, often sadistic and illegal methods that have been utilized to retaliate against and silence teachers who have tried to report egregious wrongdoing and outright theft of taxpayer money is ultimately heartbreaking but a story that must be told.

This is a landmark and seminal book, painstakingly researched over a decade, that will hopefully serve and assist the long overdue need to expose the rampant theft of the enormous financial resources that are intended to educate our children. This monumental work will also hopefully call the public's attention to what has happened to the lives and careers of hardworking, dedicated educators nationwide, who at great personal and professional risk to their careers, have spoken out about WHITE CHALK CRIME: The REAL Reason Schools Fail.

David Pakter, M.A., M.F.A.
(Artist and Instructor of Medical Illustration)

Decorated by the former Hon. Mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani,Esq., as "Teacher of the Year" for Exceptional Achievement in Education

www.OldMasterPortraits.com [email protected]

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