Stephanie Simon in POLITICO describes the way this free market "reform" plays out-- in Douglas County, CO, which I realize is not ATL but you know these trends and cycles, especially bolstered by the hefty national donors, are not merely local phenomena-- read this and decide if you think it's the right way forward for local public schools:
BTW the Network For Public Education endorsed the four non-reform candidates there too-- and here are the guiding principles of NPE:
In ATL, NPE has endorsed Cynthia Briscoe Brown, Mary Palmer, Ed Johnson and Nisha Simama:
@Mr/Ms Actual Atlantan: One more notable point, perhaps: the NPE endorsement comes with no money and their endorsees are not prolific fundraisers. Teachers/parents/advocates don't write large checks. And since you are concerned about outside of ATL influences in the campaign, goodness gracious, we kind of agree, especially when large amounts of money are placed as bets on a local school board election across the country. See, for instance this from another of those smart teacher/bloggers (no, not from Atlanta but with some information that is):
Here are the numbers so far, with links to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission:
Arthur Rock (San Francisco, CA):
Jason Esteves: $2,500 (Rock gave Esteves another $2,500 back in 2012 for his failed bid in the Democratic primary for the state house.)
Courtney Dean English: $2,500
Matt Westmoreland: $2,500
Dave Goldberg (Atherton, CA):
Jason Esteves: $500
Courtney Dean English: $1,000
Greg Penner (Atherton, CA):
Jason Esteves: $1,000
Courtney Dean English: $2,000
Eshe' Collins: $1,500
Kent Thiry (Cherry Hills, CO):
Eshe' Collins: $500
(Dean English also brought in $2,500 from Joel Klein, and $500 from Whitney Tilson. Just thought you'd like to know.)
Lots of interest, with money attached, from all over
@Mr/Mrs Actual Atlantan: You are darned smart of course to distract from the ideas and issues by referencing geography and personalities. But ideas do matter even for those living elsewhere as I do. (Athens, practically a suburb-- ha!) The thing is, Rhee's support comes with large amounts of money attached because it's a Big Business this education reform stuff and it takes a lot of marketing muscle to get it passed-- and a lot more money is riding on it for the supporters of corporate reform. Many of whom post on these blogs and use clever names. I definitely agree that Rhee shouldn't have a lot of say in the APS elections-- maybe we'd also agree that neither should Koch Bros or DeVos or Walton funding sources. But guess what, they do! Thus Diane and her Network for Public Education tries to get the word out about who will really stand up for the schools, students and teachers.
It warms the heart to see ATL's "alt-weekly" (ha!) go with the Kasim and the Koch's straight corporate reform ticket-- nice!:
for any CL readers looking for candidates proposing real solutions to APS schools' problems, see the endorsements of the Network For Public Education:
Handy voters guide form a smart teacher/blogger in Louisiana:
Here’s a hint: When you hear that a candidate in a local election is being outspent by 10- or 20-to-1, vote for that candidate.
QM: not sure anyone's written an article like that but here's a start: http://bit.ly/14MjBHD He cares about children and their success, and he respects and supports teachers and his focus is on teaching and learning in the classroom-- that's a good start at getting it right. See also http://bit.ly/yI8gBY
Even incumbent Nathan Deal seems to want Barge to win, to wit this from a couple of weeks ago when it was not clear whether Barge would actually mount a campaign:
“If John Barge runs for governor, the good news for Georgians is we can now elect an education leader who’ll work on behalf of our children instead of playing politics,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said in a statement.
Could not have said it better myself-- the strongest politician in GA is a Republican who truly, really, truly, pro-public education. A lot of people will vote for this guy.
he's also blogging-- some mighty fine work here:
didn't they hire an "assistant" or Exec Prod recently to help out too?
Better Georgia covered that a couple months ago from my memory
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