After weeks and weeks of politicking here and elsewhere, the arguments for and against the two candidates remain insufficiently compelling for me to understand if it really makes a difference who wins next week's runoff. Can (or will)
Klein Lewis do anything that Stewart hasn't been able to do, in terms of striking or pushing for better terms for displaced teachers? Can (or will Stewart) protect the current contract or negotiate the next one any better than her challenger? I don't get a clear sense of difference. And, for those of us not in the union, it's pretty uninspiring to hear all the talk about protecting jobs and benefits and very little talk about removing teachers who can't perform and closing or revamping schools that can't turn things around on their own. Teachers need an advocate, sure, but not at the expense of taxpayer dollars and children's educations. In that sense, neither of the candidates is very appealing.
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