According to this morning’s Politico, “Education rarely shows up as a top concern for voters in national polls. But it’s been a galvanizing force in recent mayoral elections in New York and Newark, and unions believe it will stir voters on the state level in a year roiling with debates about the Common Core, standardized testing and the soaring cost of college….Common talking points include college affordability, student loans and concerns about too much standardized testing.” Further, emphasis will be on state level elections
Leading Democrats have announced the creation of a new organization called Democrats for Public Education.
It will be led by Ted Strickland, former governor of Ohio, and Donna Brazile, political consultant.
Its name is a swipe at Democrats for Education Reform, which is dominated by hedge fund managers, and which funds candidates who support charter schools, Teach for America, and any other group that is antagonistic to public education.
Last year, the California Democratic Party passed a resolution calling on DFER to cease using the name “Democrats,” since their program is a front for the Republican and corporate agenda.