Recent posts on education and our local teachers' rebellion have sparked a lot of discussions about tactics, specifically the utility of local efforts with respect to state and national politics. I have some problems with this article, but I think that it points toward two points that I've been trying to make [poorly].
1. The bi-partisan consensus over education reform that emerged in the late 1990's is now entrenched at the national level, and the only way to break that structure is through grassroots activism at the local level.
2. The recent local up-risings across the nation against national reform policies present a clear opportunity for the political party willing to take up the issue.
As with economic policy, America’s education policy has largely been driven by the big money of Wall Street and private foundations.
But now the real impacts of the education reform agenda are starting to play out on the ground. Americans are awakening to the catastrophic effects of the “reform” movement. And they’re responding by making the fight for public schools another front in the broad grass-roots struggle for equality of all kinds.
How will leaders in the Democratic Party respond?
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