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We're joined now by Michelle re education I -- The lady who tried to -- The school system in Washington DC she is a brave woman ladies and gentlemen -- is now organizing students for us -- -- welcome to the program thanks for me.
I want to work through three issues rapidly if I met -- number one Kenya teacher Kenya.
Do you think you can get rid of it in five years.
That it is possible one of the things that we have to do is make sure that teachers understand.
That -- are not going to be they -- fired for discriminatory reasons that you know they have those protections but that comes from the federal government.
And other than that I think that we need to -- a bit.
To the American people to say look if there any protections that should be afforded to someone in public education it should be to children -- -- -- You'll goal is get rid of -- possible get rid of it that's right we don't believe that tenure protections should be in place for an effective teachers.
Next case merit pay.
Very popular with the general public yeah.
I put it to you that the financial crisis we're now in -- in many states right that gives you some leverage to get to merit pay.
Can you get married Italian say to me is across the -- I think.
Across the board and two years -- a little tough but I think that in in that time period you can absolutely see some good merit pay structures being put in place.
And lots of different cities across the country but it's incredibly important because we have so many hard working.
Teachers out there who are doing amazing things for kids.
And we need to become a profession that recognizes and awards the best people you want to pay.
Yes good teaches -- absolutely the union won't let you.
And a lot of teachers union contracts -- that the contract prohibits us from paying great teachers more money last long.
-- -- the union I know -- out on -- limb with this -- read books watch your chances.
Well how -- do you wanna do that actually no I don't wanna do that I don't wanna be certified the union what I wanna do is create a force of Americans through my organization students first.
That speak up on behalf of children because the teachers unions are just doing their job you know they're there they're protecting the rights and privileges other members which they should do.
And we just need to make sure that that students first is as a force in this country that protects the rights and privileges of children first and -- So students first is a pressure group.
Michelle Rhee is not going to be hired by the educated education to bomb into a New Jersey or Florida or in a normal -- -- you're an outside group.
That may be invited me to walk within those states and exercise -- -- within those states that talent in his.
That's right we are -- membership organization and we have we have not we are a 140000.
Members strong so far our goal for the first year.
And we have an eleven more months ago.
Is to be to a million members at the end of our -- he did admit it it's a numbers game.
You look more members the union members well here's the thing I mean -- -- -- -- we -- -- create a balance right so the teachers unions very powerful in this country we want -- balance.
Of Americans who are out there who are saying you know what.
Forget the bureaucracies forget the systems we want to put kids at the forefront of the agenda.
And in order to to be taken seriously by policy makers and and politicians we have to have the have to numbers yeah.
You know winning any popularity contests in some quarters in some quarters but in other quarters amongst -- and we have amongst are a 140000 numbers we have about 80000.
Parents who are part of this we also have 20000 teachers.
So people who really understand that the education system needs radical change.
Are a 100% on board with what we're doing.
That's difficult to -- www.
Student foot students first -- old correct.
Michelle -- a pleasure thanks for joining us today.
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