In the WSJ they laud the pro-charter money being raised in New York. But this can be deceiving, the money teachers’ unions throw into political races really isn’t that significant right now (although that could change with the new rules). The power comes from the ability to knock on doors, phone bank, etc…that’s the big deal.
RiShawn Biddle says reformers need to wake up to that and get more in the organizing game. He’s right and this is one place philanthropy could do a lot more. There are some great groups in the space now nationally and in the states (Bellwether works with one, Stand for Children).