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Murdoch: Obama Should Take on Teacher Unions

Saturday, 31 Jan 2009 09:50 PM

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Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch issued a challenge to President Barack Obama on Saturday: Confront the teacher unions if you want to save America's educational system.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the media tycoon bluntly insisted that U.S. schools have failed their students and that America will lose its competitive edge if something isn't done.

According to the Brisbane Times, Murdoch criticized America's educational system for allowing 35 percent to 40 percent of all students to never complete high school. Those children, he said, are relegated to a permanent underclass.

"This is the greatest test for President Obama because this will be a great confrontation with the teacher unions ... they are a very, very rich union and a number one contributor to the Democratic Party," he said. "The president must have the courage and the strength to take on the teachers and win ... if the United States is going to continue to lead the world over the next 30 or 40 years, education must be the way."

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