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Teacher to TV hosts: Unions aren’t the problem

Longtime Bronx middle school English teacher Ms. Malarkey caught the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” criticizing teachers unions yesterday, and she took them to task on her blog:

Teacher unions are not evil. There have been a few years when I have had 36 and 37 kids in a class; during my first year, I had 40 bilingual students, no materials and no qualifications to teach bilingual kids. The UFT is constantly fighting to lower class size, as smaller classes are proven to be a factor in success. I can’t say I had the kind of success I wanted when my students and I were crammed into the room like sardines, with kids sharing books.

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