He is fearless in defending the teachers, defending the children of Chicago, and standing up for better public schools.
You may recall his outstanding cross-examination of the billionaire member of the Chicago Board of education (in absentia).
Matthew Farmer is a hero of public education.
Farmer took offense when Michelle Rhee inserted herself into the Chicago strike issue and sided with Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the teachers’ union.
The strike gave her a new opportunity to lament the woes of American education and blame it on the teachers and their unions.
Matthew Farmer was having none of it. Who is for the children of Chicago, he asks. Who was fighting for smaller classes? Who was on the side of the children, including Matthew Farmer’s?
Not Michelle Rhee. The real object of her article was to drive a wedge between the Democratic Party and labor unions. She would like nothing better, as she makes clear, than to sever any connection between organized labor and Democrats. Odd that she cares, since most of her campaign efforts and public relations have gone to benefit conservative Republican governors.