Saturday, July 19, 2014

DFER has come so far, so quickly, with such modest resources

It is beyond wonderful to see that Democrats for Education Reform is getting so much traction that the presidents of both national teacher unions singled us out for attacks in their keynote address at their unions’ national conventions.


Unveiling a new organization called "Democrats for Public Education" (they’re even miming our name!) in Los Angeles, AFT boss Randi Weingarten criticized politicians like President Obama and liberal judges for daring to focus on the needs of school kids in education policy. "And they've been aided and abetted by some lawmakers, judges, and even some Democrats. Some -- like those who call themselves Democrats for Education Reform -- mimic the Jeb Bushes and Eli Broads of the world promoting competition and test-obsession."


And last week, outgoing NEA President Dennis Van Roekel before 10,000 union delegates railed against "the onslaught of corporate reformers like Democrats For Education Reform, Michelle Rhee, and the like."


DFER’s official response to Randi's announcement: "Welcome to the jungle, baby."




DFER has come so far, so quickly, with such modest resources – it’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. A real testament to Joe Williams and the DFER team (and supporters).


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