There's a tendency to confuse frequent commenter George Schmidt's detailed recall of CPS history and his voluminous posts with accuracy and objectivity. However, former CTU president Debbie Lynch -- one of the few education leaders willing to criticize Arne Duncan's selection for EdSec -- recently showed up on the blog to call out George Schmidt in the comments section:
who dubbed my contract the "No Member Left Behind" contract, remember?
And David Axelrod had absolutely nothing to do with it (or anything
else there while I was CTU president).Signed, Deborah Lynch, the person who helped you get your union membership back and hired you when you needed a job."
Reached by email to confirm her identity, Lynch added about Schmidt: "he also endorsed me for CTU President in 2001, 2004 and 2007!"
Who's right on this one? I have no idea. But I bet some of you do -- and that you know that we'll need to see something from the papers or other outside sources to go along with your claims if we're going to be convinced.
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