• Juan Rangel: something tells us he’s not a fan of teachers unions

This is one of three posts to win a Peter Lisagor Award for Blog, Individual Blog Post, Affiliated.

There wasn’t much sweet talk this time.

When he spoke to the City Club a year ago, Juan Rangel cheerfully explained that his organization, UNO, the biggest charter school operator in the state, aims to help Hispanics improve themselves through hard work, assimilation, education, and political organizing, just like the Irish and Polish before them. He was received with rousing applause.

But when he appeared before the professional group again on Wednesday, it was to ask for their support in a war with “totally irresponsible and reckless” teachers unions.

He won rousing applause again.