Tag: Democratic National Convention

redefinED roundup: Ed reform tension at the DNC, charter school expansion in North Carolina & more

DNC: President Obama suggests Mitt Romney would gut education spending, but avoids mention of Race to the Top (redefinEd). (Image from Minnesota.publicradio.org) Panel discussions sponsored by Democrats for Education Reform highlight the battle within the party over education policy (redefinED). Teachers union leaders promise to campaign hard for Obama, despite[Read More…]

He’s one of the parent trigger profiteers?

In Orlando back in June, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other big-city Democratic mayors convinced the U.S. Conference of Mayors to unanimously endorse the idea of parent triggers – and were promptly savaged by critics. They were tools of ALEC, profiteers, enemies of public schools. Nutter just spoke to the DNC a[Read More…]

For Democrats and education reform, the times they are a-changin’

We want to spotlight two new videos that highlight the tension – and potential for change – that we’ve been seeing all week between education factions at the Democratic National Convention. The first is from Democrats for Education Reform; the second, from TEACHED. To whet your appetite, here are some choice[Read More…]

Education factions battle at the DNC

The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party, at least in the area of public education policy, was on full display yesterday at two panel discussions organized by Democrats for Education Reform. (Full disclosure:  I am DFER’s Florida coordinator.) The first panel consisted of Democratic state legislators from Colorado,[Read More…]

Deval Patrick: With Obama, students ‘have a champion in the White House’

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick made the most extensive remarks about K-12 education on the DNC stage last night. He didn’t explicitly mention Race to the Top, expansion of charter schools or a push for better teacher evaluation systems (all Obama administration priorities) but he did reference more accountability, higher teaching standards and[Read More…]