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Georgia Teachers Union Head Equates Atlanta’s Stellar School Choice Rank to Chicago’s Murder Rate

Georgia Federation of Teachers President Verdaillia Turner was called out on social media after she compared Atlanta being ranked as one of the best U.S. cities for school choice to the murderous violence that has swept Chicago.
Her remarks came following a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute that ranked the top 30 cities that promote quality educational options.
Turner linked homicide to school choice Wednesday in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story.
“That’s like saying Chicago is the most murder friendly-city in the nation,” she quipped about Atlanta coming out on top in the Fordham study.
Turner’s rhetoric is ironic given that the labor leader has charged in the past that school choice advocates have waged a campaign to demonize traditional public schools.
“I have to give them an ‘A’ for orchestration, but I’ll give them an ‘F’ in ethics and telling the truth,” Turner said. “It’s just a campaign, and the public is being played.”
In response to Turner’s latest comments, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools CEO and President Nina Rees said in a press release that Turner’s comments “are not only tone deaf but horribly disturbing and offensive. She owes charter school families and teachers an apology.”
Here’s a taste of the reaction online.

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