Richardson's Education Plan A SnoozerJune 15, 2007
At least from what he is saying so far, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s plans for education don’t exactly knock your socks off, i.e. the revolution ain’t gonna happen if we all pull the lever with his name next to it. (In his defense, it isn’t like the others in the Democratic field are much
When Agitators Become InsidersJune 12, 2007
The Washington Post this morning reports that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is ousting D.C. Superintendent Clifford Janey and replacing him with Michelle Rhee, a dynamo who runs the NYC-based New Teacher Project. This is obviously a huge move for the mayor, who took control of the city schools today. I am a big fan of
Do Teachers Unions Have A Generational Problem?June 10, 2007
One of the most interesting things about this piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by young Milwaukee Public Schools teacher Steve Paske is that he doesn't sound like he could possibly be one of those right-wing kooks that teacher unions have an easy time brushing off.
Colorado Dudes Think DFER Won't Have GutsJune 9, 2007
A group called HeadFirst Colorado featured DFER on their blog the other day, but speculated that the organization would wuss out as soon as the teachers unions yelled "boo!"
Two Other Views of the DFER LaunchJune 7, 2007
Eduwonk, a.k.a. Andy Rotherham, who is a board member of DFER, writes up the launch event the other night and uses the word "honcho" to describe me. (I'm told that some teacher union types consider "honco" to be a slam on working men and women, so Eduwonk should be careful how he throws it around.) Also, speaking
More On Cory Booker (and DFER) NJ Victory
The only thing missing from this brief NY Sun story on this week's electoral victory in New Jersey is an outrageous/outlandish quote that angers our best friends!
Big Wins for Booker (and DFER) in NewarkJune 6, 2007
In addition to being our official launch, yesterday was New Jersey’s primary election day. Dems for Ed Reform worked with Newark Mayor Cory Booker to support six pro-reform challengers to incumbent legislators – four Assemblymen and two Senators. Historically, incumbents in New Jersey are considered invulnerable, especially in their primaries. But Cory convinced us that
We had a great time in New York City last night for the official launch of Democrats for Education Reform. I don't want to use up too many words on the launch, because what we do as an organization is much more important than how we start. But there was tremendous energy — especially from Dems
Mayoral Control RelativityMay 31, 2007
What happens in New York City schools right now gets a lot of attention because the mayoral control model is one which is being contemplated in cities from coast-to-coast. So an awful lot of attention is paid to test scores and reorganization plans and who was or wasn’ consulted about this change or that. But
Note About NY Sun Article on DFER
So, yes, the New York Sun has an article on our organization this morning, and yes I am taking some ribbing for a comment I made. But let me explain…