Union Leader and Public Education Champion Karen Lewis has Surgery for Brain Tumor

My heart goes out to my hero Karen Lewis and all who love and admire her.

Having seen, first hand, the impact of this awful disease I pray that the Spirits guard and protect her.

She is already one of the greatest leaders of our age and her work is far from done.

Karen, we send you healing thoughts and await your return to lead us forward in the great battle to take back our public education system and our government.

Karen Lewis, the truth teller, said during the recent effort to further destroy Chicago’s school system;

Closing 50 of our neighborhood schools is outrageous and no society that claims to care anything about its children can sit back and allow this to happen to them. There is no way people of conscious will stand by and allow these people to shut down nearly a third of our school district without putting up a fight. Most of these campuses are in the Black community. Since 2001 88% of students impacted by CPS School Actions are African-American. And this is by design.

Closing 50 schools is not grand or glorious. This is nothing to celebrate or marvel.”

To the Democrats and Republicans who support the Corporate Education Reform Industry, the Common Core and its unfair, inappropriate and expensive Common Core Testing Scheme and the ongoing effort to destroy teachers and the teaching profession – we have a threat and a warning… and we repeat it as a pledge to Karen Lewis.

Remember the words of Gandhi:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

And know, Karen remains one of our great leaders, as does Diane Ravitch and others, and we will not be stopped.

Jonathan Pelto
Advocacy Journalist and Investigative Blogger
Wait, What? at www.jonathanpelto.com
Email:  [email protected]

More on this with developing story can be found on Diane Ravitch’s blog including “Karen Lewis Had Surgery for Brain Tumor.”

John Kuhn & Karen Lewis speeches at Network for Public Education Conference

On March 1, 2014 John Kuhn and Karen Lewis were the keynote speakers at a conference of public education advocates meeting in Austin Texas.

John Kuhn is the superintendent of Perrin-Whitt School District.  Kuhn was the first Superintendent in America to be named a “hero” by Diane Ravitch on her blog.  Since then, Connecticut’s own Madison Superintendent Thomas Scarice has joined that short but vitally important list.

Karen Lewis is the president of the Chicago Teachers Union

Take the time to watch their speeches, they not only speak the truth but are truly inspirational.

To watch click on: http://vimeo.com/87984834