In AZ it seems that Governor Napolitano has basically told the AEA to jump in a lake. But they’re pissed, really pissed. Nationally, it’s an evolving relationship and less Stockholm syndrome which is good, but I wish this particular trade had been for better reforms than these. For instance in 1999 when President Clinton wanted more money for low-performing schools, he “traded” it for public school choice for kids in low-performing schools and in the end got two things he wanted in the final education spending bill. Sure, that’s a warmed-over Clintonism as AFTie John, who now is apparently a Clinton critic, might say, but it’s also a pretty good roadmap for how to get good policy and good politics. Be for reform, on Democratic terms, and be for investment.

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