On this week's Dropout Nation Podcast (http://dropoutnation.net/category/dropout-nation-podcast/), RiShawn Biddle looks at recent efforts by the NEA and AFT to oppose school choice and teacher quality reforms -- including Randi Weingarten's (http://dropoutnation.net/2012/08/02/three-thoughts-randi-weingarten-second-summer-of-embarrassment/) and Leo Casey's (http://dropoutnation.net/2012/08/06/incivility-looks-the-aft-in-the-eye-again-leo-casey-department/) latest outbursts in defense of teacher dismissal policies that perpetuate cultures of abuse -- and explains why reformers must be savvier in explaining how their efforts help our children achieve lifelong success (as well as give families, communities and high-quality teachers the tools needed to do the best by them).
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