Say you’re a young man who is all about *crushing* the achievement gap and you just happen to have a cool $20K of daddy’s money to plunk down in order to influence an important local election. But who do you support? Do you go with the first-generation Haitian-American who would be the first minority OR woman to represent a part of Boston still scarred from the busing wars of the 1970′s? Or do you go big and bold, backing the white guy with the Irish name from a powerful South Boston family of the sort that has dominated this part of Massachusetts for decades? Continue reading
Reader, I have been so worried about what will happen to the most vulnerable among us should Mitt Romney win the election: children Democrats for Education Reform. What if, even though DFER’s positions on education are straight out of the ALEC playbook, these scrappy ascot wearing advocates for reform should find themselves without a seat at the table after the election—and all because of a pesky little symbol after their name: IV ‘D’?
So what a relief it is to find out that Ann Romney has so much in common with the hedge fund men of DFER, not to mention their striving little siblings, the prep school contingent that is Students for Education Reform. Ann likes horses, DFER and SFER both grew up riding, even though mummy and daddy made them leave Foxy at home when they went off to Deerfield Academy. Ann and Mitt had some hardscrabble years when they were barely scraping by on stock options. DFER and SFER get by on their passion for the civil right$ i$$ue of our time, boosted solely by occasional donations from the Walton family and an extensive network of hedge funder friends. Continue reading
EduShyster has just returned from a much needed vacation–or “summering” as my peeps at Democrats for Education Reform call it. Among the highlights of my idyll: morning gin and tonics, plenty of croquet by the sea, and attending the 1% wedding of the season.
The nuptials of Liam Kerr and Kyle Kennedy, the daughter of the late Michael Kennedy and Victoria Gifford Kennedy, made headlines after the adorable kouple gave the boot to wedding crasher Taylor Swift and her 18-year-old boy toy Conor Kennedy, described as a “rising junior at Deerfield Academy” (um, maybe that should be ‘aging junior’???’)
But the story behind the story is that the Kennedy-Kerrs are among the luminaries of Massachusetts’ #edreform elites: the burgeoning ranks of private schoolers who are now like totally passionate about the achievement gap. Continue reading
It all started when the brothers of Delta Epsilon Rho, otherwise known as Democrats for Education Reform, got wind that Diane Ravitch did NOT take them seriously. After the DFER boys learned that Ravitch had questioned why groups like DFER, the Michelle-Rhee fronted Students First, and countless other corporated-funded #edreform groups never seem to advocate for smaller class sizes, the reversal of budget cuts, etc., it was GAME ON. Continue reading
Even in an edu-landscape populated by hucksters, charlatans and edushysters, the “plutocratic strivers” of DFER stand out.
Our investment in our children’s future is the most important one we can make. But who should profit from that investment, and what kind of performance fee should they expect? If your answers were “hedge fund managers” and “20%,” there is cause for celebration. The Massachusetts arm of the hedge-fund-run Democrats for Education Reform is at last getting down to business.
Now even in our increasingly cluttered edu-landscape, populated by seemingly every variety of huckster, charlatan and public-money grubber, DFER man stands out. Continue reading