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Union president's aggressive rant on Common Core

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Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, represents all 75,000 public school teachers in New York City. He made some pretty aggressive threats saying, he would punch people in the face and push them in the dirt if they were against Common Core.

"If someone takes something from me, I'm going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine," he said.

The strong words were delivered at the American Federation of Teachers conference in Los Angeles.

The national teachers union has supported Common Core, but some have been disappointed in the roll-out.

"And I'm going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teacher," he said. "These are our tools and you sick people need to deal with us and the children that we teach."

We showed the video to two moms who have children in New York City public schools.

Charles Sahm runs the education initiative at the Manhattan Institute. He said Mulgrew is known to speak passionately when it comes to Common Core.

"He's a tough old school union negotiator. He's from Staten Island, born and bred New York," Sahm said. "New Yorkers do have a temper sometimes but when you're speaking at a national conference representing your union, I think you have to be a little more measured."

Sahm agrees with the substance of Mulgrew's message but said it could have been delivered differently.

"There is an issue that Michael Mulgrew and the AFT raised in this conference that is a legitimate issue: there needs to be more input from teachers... more training for teachers in implementing the Common Core," he said. "And that's happening here in New York City."

We asked the UFT to elaborate on Mulgrew's comments, but we haven't heard back.

New York has been one of the first states to roll out Common Core. Students took practice exams last spring and their grades should be available any day.

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