They love each other! This AP story about overlap between Secretary Duncan and the Republican Governors is a solid check-in on the state of play and a good look at what’s happening behind the scenes and underneath the pundit chatter. But isn’t there an understory here that AP didn’t include? Duncan does have good relations with Republican governors but at the same time pretty lousy ones with Capitol Hill.
Per yesterday’s TIME column on parent trigger, Parent Revolution leader Ben Austin tells me that on the supermajority issue, “I don’t agree…because in order to get over the 50% threshold in the face of union opposition they need a super majority anyway.” That’s true enough but I don’t think it addresses the potential problems of ongoing instability. Perhaps one way to think about the parent trigger is in the context of Soviet – U.S. relations during the Cold War. Because there was a nuclear option it forced people to the table to head off using it. Parent trigger does change the power dynamic and get parents into a game they were not in before. But, it’s not just a strategic tool, it does seem likely to become operational – hence the question of what then…
Speaking of the Russians, Neerav Kingsland takes a look at lessons from the fall of the Soviet Union for public education.
DC Public Education Fund’s Young Professionals Committee held a trivia night yesterday evening at DC’s Madhatter and I played host. Among the prizes – for really obscure knowledge and 1st and 3rd prize – some guestblogging time right here in addition to some other goodies so look for some of that in the next few weeks. Strong showing from teacher teams.