We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Table

When Hillary Clinton addressed the delegates at the National Education Association Representative Assembly last July she told them, “And if I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, educators will have a partner in the White House – and you’ll always have a seat at the table.”

Thanks to Mother Jones we now know how small that table is. The left-wing publication revealed the members of Clinton’s K-12 policy working group:

+ Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association

+ Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers

+ Carmel Martin, executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress

+ Catherine Brown, vice president of education policy at the Center for American Progress

+ Chris Edley Jr., president of the Opportunity Institute

+ Richard Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton

Two labor union presidents, two executives from a policy institute that receives money from those labor unions (plus a treasure trove of others), the president of a policy institute whose chair is a former hedge fund manager and the biggest contributor to SuperPACs, and a Friend of Bill who received NEA’s Friend of Education award.

I don’t believe any of these people has filled out a lesson plan in this millennium.