(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
So one of the most interesting K-12 developments over the past decade has been the Rise of the Cool Kids. The cool kids include a large Teach for America alumni network, and a great many others as well. Most of the Cool Kids seem to be Democrats, but Democrats who have come to realize just how urgently we need to reform our K-12 system, and precisely who stands in the way. It has been interesting to watch as the most liberal President in many decades carefully distanced himself from the K-12 Caveman wing of the party, and repeatedly identified himself with the Cool Kids. Examples include supporting the lifting of charter caps, support for tenure reform, even support for the Rhode Island decision to fire an entire recalcitrant staff at a poorly performing school.
The Caveman is now striking back, and a war between the Cool Kids and the Cavemen has spilled out into the open. Caveman wants to pay for $10 billion K-12 bailout to the states by raiding Race to the Top and other Obama/Duncan reform funds. The Caveman’s puppets in the House just passed this bill by attaching it to an Afghanistan supplemental appropriation. Obama has threatened to veto.
LET’S GET READY TO RUUUUMBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!