Department of Education’s “Labor Summit” snarky take: Wow, is the election really going to be that brutal?
Department of Education’s “Labor Summit” serious take: This labor summit the Department of Education is hosting is a good idea, there has certainly been some movement over the past few years and some risk taking. But, the list of sites they’re highlighting reads like interest group greasing and a set of talking points more than an analysis. Some good ones, for instance New Haven and Denver. But Detroit? Baltimore? Delaware? File those under, respectively, nope, nice try, and not yet.
And where is DC? New York? Or how about having KIPP in? Awkward!
At this point the field is a lot better at talking about breakthrough kinds of labor agreements than actually implementing them in meaningful ways. The Department and the Secretary have a chance to move the ball on that but not if this is not an honest conversation. Also, let’s hope management is in this conversation, too. In too many places they’re no picnic either on this work so honest conversation is not code word for just beat up on the unions.
But, wow, is the election really going to be that brutal?