So Wikileaks happened thanks to the Russians and whoever else. There is lots of talk in the current presidential election about a variety of topics emanating from the purportedly leaked emails on Wikileaks. However, I haven’t seen much conversation about the the content of the leaks that is relevant to education policy. So I did a quick search of Wikileaks and have included some of my favorite tidbits of information below. If other information grabs you in the emails, please leave your thoughts in the comments.
- A proposed meeting with “education reformers” who are “$$ and substance.” My favorite line: Podesta: “Not sure we can reassure them.”
2. Campaign folks recommending that HRC stand strong with teachers and unions on Friederichs v. CTA case. My favorite line: A proposed tweet “The ability to organize & bargain collectively is a fundamental American right. Proud to stand with unions & working families.”
3. Working behind the scenes on behalf of pensions and other issues with NEA after endorsement. My favorite line: Ann O’Leary says to NEA, “Here’s to the great start of a real partnership!”
4. Debating student debt and pushing against “free” college. My favorite line: “We need to make a quality education affordable and available to everyone willing to work for it – without saddling them with decades of debt.”
5. Response to the New York Times article about Education Reform. The most interesting part of this exchange came at the end: “Ann O’Leary talked to Maggie for the story, and said the following: “I think it will be different than the Obama administration in the sense that the both teachers union and the reformers will really fell like they have her ear in a way they haven’t in the last [six years].” Since it’s not exactly the message we’re going for I wanted to flag it. Ann feels terrible about it.” I wonder what message they wanted to communicate?
6. Charter school consultant reaches out to Ann O’Leary. Consultant asks that someone from the campaign visit their charter schools because of critical “comments” about charter schools and “to answer any questions about further details on this complicated policy issue.”
Those darn Russians.
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