Sanders Movement Pushes Democratic Party Platform Toward A Big Fight Over Charter Schools
Two quotes from Jeff Bryant’s Common Dreams article makes all the money I donated to Bernie Sanders and the time I spent working on his campaign worth it. First this one from Diane Ravitch:
The Sanders supporters teamed up with Clinton delegates, including Randi Weingarten, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, to deliver a platform that “now takes a stand against the high-stakes testing regime, opposes school closing based on test scores, opposes evaluating teachers by test scores, and emphasizes the importance of democratically-controlled public schools,” as education historian Diane Ravitch writes on her personal blog.
And this quote from Peter Greene:
As Greene explains, whereas the original platform’s “definition of Bad Charter was just ‘a for-profit charter’ … This new language defines a Bad Charter as one that does not have democratically-elected governance, does not serve the exact same population as the local public school, and that ‘destabilizes or damages the health of that local public school.’ In other words, the new language offers a much broader understanding of when a charter school is Not Okay than the draft did.”
This change was attributed to Sanders’ appointees and was fought tooth and nail by the “reform” crowd.
Here’s a summary and a link to the complete article:
Earlier this week my colleague Richard Eskow reported on the impact the populist progressive movement led by Bernie Sanders and others is having on the Democratic Party Platform to be voted on at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia later this month.