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.