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Now and we'll keep an eye on that situation in London now we move on to one of the biggest names in education here in this country -- You know Michelle -- is the DC schools chancellor Chicago Tribune -- teachers didn't get the job done stirred up a lot of controversy along the way and mayor who appointed her lost the election she resigned and now she's here to tell you what she's going to do next it's almost like a betting game great to see you by the way.
What will Michelle -- -- you next.
Tell us what students first is this organization you've announced this week.
Students first is a national movement that will defend and promote the interest of children and pursue a really aggressive reform agenda to make America's schools the best in the world what does that mean -- -- -- union for reformers stories it's this is just a lobbying organization in what will that mean that's really now lobbying organization we're not going to be sort of fat -- having steak -- we we are going to be a grassroots movements that it's gonna put a tremendous not a fracture.
On politicians and school districts and school boards to start making decisions that are in the best interest of kids instead of placating the -- -- raise a lot of money and you said you wanted to race -- -- billion dollars right and then you'll give that money just.
You'll funnel that into districts that'd that are getting things right or you give it to political candidates how will work well a little bit of both so we will absolutely support to candidates that we think are going to push a reform agenda -- just like they unions and other folks.
You know -- -- pressure by by contributing to political campaigns we will do the same.
And then we'll also.
Use the money for school districts and states who are willing to take on the tough reforms to help them implement those grants and what have you -- that now they are is so it's.
You kind of the the playing the opposite of the union or the the anti union -- all this because they've been so influential you feel like the other side needs -- voice is that the reason for starting the script that's absolutely right if you look over the last three decades in this country -- educational agenda has been driven.
By the teachers union but it its cradle -- very lopsided environment and right -- that's always in favor of the adults.
And part of what we wanted to do was create a balance so that -- we talk about it on the show a lot of talk about education.
A lot going Duncan's financial Klein was on it a couple weeks ago because we feel like it's a big business issue that the jobs are gonna be here in this country if you have.
The right education for them -- for example did you see the numbers that came out.
-- -- you saw in the Shanghai numbers earlier this week we saw kids in China are doing very well on standardized tests -- -- are they -- out educate us.
Their personal blowing us out of the water I mean we Shanghai's number one that's surprised -- it doesn't surprise me at all we have the US has been heading down -- trajectory we're now 34 out of 37 developed nations in -- where Shanghai's number one.
It's not surprising at all because we have essentially doubled.
More than doubled the amount of money that we spend on education in this country over the last three decades in the results -- just got.
Is -- just because of the unions for example Randi Weingarten is the head of the union nationally as saying that if you look at Finland to South Korea -- these other countries that a high educational achievement.
They're highly unionized so they're making it work in those countries that's her argument.
Well her argument helped hold absolutely no water whatsoever because.
-- way that they choose teachers in in south -- Finland they only take people -- are from the top tier.
Other graduating class they don't make it.
Nearly as difficult to fire.
Ineffective teachers as they do here so it's really completely different ball game.
-- I was reading I think it was in the New York Times they've been today but this this union for.
For parents out in Compton California they have the law now to get to support of the parents 51% and apparently they easily got it you can force.
The district to be taken over by a charter school movement when you start your organization in both the types of things that you're thinking about that you're thinking about supporting -- are.
Absolutely in the kinds of things actually visited.
That group of parents out in Compton as they were going out to get to gather signatures and gave him a little pep talk -- -- to -- waiting for Superman the movie that elephant.
Yeah and that they were excited about that we're also scared and I said you know what you can't be scared you can't be intimidated because they're being threatened and all the -- up.
And I said you're gonna set a precedent for our families across the country.
You feel -- -- waiting for Superman.
You mention the movie you feel like education this much like a funny red basket but it's it's it's almost like a cool issue now to be a part of refill -- Mean that that help her out I.
I don't know I don't know that it's just it's not just that there's something that a lot of people are jumping on board which is probably a good thing I would think.
I really hope so I mean Davis Guggenheim did a great job with the movie and I think what it did was took.
What -- traditionally really hard issues to understand and a broken down for the average person to get.
And it also showed how real kids are struggling every single day because they and their families can not get in to high quality schools aren't Michelle good to meet you and good luck with with students first thanks for coming on thank you shall we with this today.
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