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Michelle Rhee’s revenge: Illinois Democratic Governor taps top union foe for ticket

The nation’s largest union panned the Friday afternoon announcement that Illinois’ Democratic Governor is tapping an education reform lightning rod to join his re-election ticket.

“We are less than thrilled by the selection of Mr. Vallas,” Illinois Education Association President Cinda Klickna told Salon in a Friday e-mail. “As head of the Chicago Public School System, he was known as a top-down administrator who routinely chose confrontation with the Chicago Teachers Union over collaboration.” Klickna's comments came in response to an inquiry to the IEA's parent union, the National Education Association. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who leads the country's other top teachers' union, sent Salon a three-word comment on Vallas' selection: "We were surprised."

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