I Want My ED in ’10 T-Shirt

I never received the t-shirt I ordered from ED in ’08, but I’m holding out for ED in ’10.

I’ve been imagining what their $60 million campaign would look like if instead of trying to compete with all the storylines of the current presidential campaign, they divided this investment among 10 major metro markets during a non-presidential election year. A $6 million ED in ’10 campaign in D.C. would counter the misunderstanding, misinformation, and resistance standing in the way of improving education (and think of the collateral influence it would have on the multitude of national policymakers who live and work here.)

A case in point– despite the fact that charter schools serve 30% of the public school population in the District of Columbia, I’ve found that most people here don’t understand what a charter school is.

The local organization FOCUS recently commissioned an independent poll about charter schools. The results: 49% of District residents favor charter schools, 19% oppose them, and 32% aren’t sure.

When polling interviewers provided respondents with the following definition of a charter school, favorable responses jumped from 49% to 64%:

Charter schools are tuition-free public autonomous schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative in exchange for increased accountability for improving student achievement.

Public charter schools are not an issue for ED in ’08, but this is powerful example of how a nonpartisan public awareness and action campaign to strengthen education would impact public views in a major metro market.

– Guestblogger Michael Robbins

6 thoughts on “I Want My ED in ’10 T-Shirt

  1. GGW

    I hear they’re making up a new batch.

    On the front it reads…”I wanted a presidential candidate who’d aggressively lead on education reform….

    Then on the back: “….but all I got was this lousy T-shirt.”

  2. Matthew K. Tabor

    You didn’t give him two so he could still have one to wear while the other was in the wash?

  3. Anonymous

    well, I would venture that your influence relative to Obama is like comparing the devastation of a dirty look compared to an atomic bomb.

  4. Matthew K. Tabor

    Oh, touché.

    Maybe I’ll get a t-shirt when the Green Party nominates me in 2012.

    I can promise you – all of you tired, you poor, you downtrodden yearning for Change – that when I get the t-shirt, I’ll hold it up proudly for 4 seconds to show how much I care about education.

    Men’s Large, please. XL looks funny on me and M is usually a little tight.

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