My day (and night) of living large
Reader: since the moment I first learned of the deluxe camp for education reformers in the Adirondacks being hosted by my friends at Democrats for Education Reform, I longed to join in the fun. But there was a problem. As a member of the press (technically) and a low net worth individual (most definitely), the exclusive doors of Camp Philos were shut tight against the likes of me. Then, genius struck, as it so often does around the cocktail hour. If I couldn’t actually attend Camp Philos, could I not try on DFER’s *reform robe* for a day (and a night)? Why yes I could! Continue reading →
Going camping with the 1%
Reader: even upon today’s comically overpopulated education reform landscape, the men of Democrats for Education Reform or DFER (say it with me: DEE furr) stand alone. That’s because, with their unapologetic ties to all things hedge fundy, DFER man’s net worth towers above even his well-off reform-minded peers. Also, that master of the universe quality, so handy for picking winners and dumping losers, isn’t always so pleasant when viewed from close up. In other words, DFER man is a type a-hole. Let’s get to know him, shall we? Continue reading →
In their first official foray into Massachusetts politics, DFER spent big but came up short.
Say you’re a young man who is all about *crushing* the achievement gap and you just happen to have a cool $20K of daddy’s money to plunk down in order to influence an important local election. But who do you support? Do you go with the first-generation Haitian-American who would be the first minority OR woman to represent a part of Boston still scarred from the busing wars of the 1970’s? Or do you go big and bold, backing the white guy with the Irish name from a powerful South Boston family of the sort that has dominated this part of Massachusetts for decades? Continue reading →
In a new interview with Good Housekeeping Ann Romney reveals that her major passions include horses and charter schools.
Reader, I have been so worried about what will happen to the most vulnerable among us should Mitt Romney win the election: children Democrats for Education Reform. What if, even though DFER’s positions on education are straight out of the ALEC playbook, these scrappy ascot wearing advocates for reform should find themselves without a seat at the table after the election—and all because of a pesky little symbol after their name: IV ‘D’?
So what a relief it is to find out that Ann Romney has so much in common with the hedge fund men of DFER, not to mention their striving little siblings, the prep school contingent that is Students for Education Reform. Ann likes horses, DFER and SFER both grew up riding, even though mummy and daddy made them leave Foxy at home when they went off to Deerfield Academy. Ann and Mitt had some hardscrabble years when they were barely scraping by on stock options. DFER and SFER get by on their passion for the civil right$ i$$ue of our time, boosted solely by occasional donations from the Walton family and an extensive network of hedge funder friends. Continue reading →
The fraternity brothers of Democrats for Education Reform decide to take on Diane Ravitch–with predictable results.
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 →