"SHAFTA" is right.
To prove he isn't just another unqualified bureaucrat trying to make work for himself, WCSD sup Pedro Martinez unveils his "plans" on where the district will go, besides to hell in a handbasket.
I full well know what it is like to be falsely accused; unfortunately, this poor guy's reputation has been damaged probably beyond repair.
Fat chance Obama will fire his basketball buddy, Bill. Even if Barry got rid of Arne, he would pick another corporate flak bent on destroying public education.
The problem is with Obama more than with Duncan. Obama should have been fired by the voters, but few people looked at options other than Mitt.
But I’ll play along and offer an action step the president could take tomorrow regarding school reform: Fire Arne Duncan and appoint Linda Darling-Hammond as Secretary of Education.
This would signal a significant break with the most destructive aspects of the failed “school reform” agenda this administration has promoted: turning public assets and spaces over to private managers, obstructing any independent, collective voice of teachers, and reducing education to a single narrow metric that claims to recognize an educated person through a standardized test score. While there’s absolutely no proof that this approach improves schooling one iota, it chugs along unfazed — fact-free, faith-based reform at its core, resting on ideology and not evidence.
The irony here is a one-time radical is standing up for traditional democratic institutions, while a fake "Democrat" is in favor of destroying democratic institutions such as public education.