Former DFER boss, Joe Williams, quit to get a job at Walmart. The rest of DFER left town.
Back in 2014, Illinois Democratic Party political consultant David Ormsby predicted, “Democrats for Education Reform will face a formidable challenge outmaneuvering the CTU.”
Ormsby and I have had differences over the years, but he was right as rain about that.
Comparing DFER’s role in the current teacher negotiations to 2012, the Sun-Times Lauren FitzPatrick yesterday wrote, “DFER no longer has a chapter in Illinois. Its national press shop did not respond to messages seeking comment, nor did its former local head.”
The guy who once ran DFER, Joe Williams, jumped ship a while ago and took a job at Walmart. Not as a store greeter. With their foundation.
Joe once threatened to kick my ass and said I was dumbest person in the world.
In the world! A low bar, if you ask me.
DFER, who claim to be Democrats but are definitely not in the progressive Sanders wing, got their heads handed to them at the DNC. The platform debate on education rejected their views as well as the policies that dominated in their pal Arne Duncan’s Department of Education these past eight years.
“After putting forward a progressive and balanced education agenda in the initial draft of the 2016 Democratic Platform, this weekend the Platform Drafting Committee inexplicably allowed the process to be hijacked at the last minute. This unfortunate departure from President Obama’s historic education legacy threatens to roll back progress we’ve made in advancing better outcomes for all kids, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds,” wrote the current DFER President Shavar Jeffries.
DFER’s departure from Chicago is satisfying. I mean I still have my ass and Joe is at Walmart.
But the corporate reformers that brought DFER to Chicago are still here.
David Ormsby in 2014 : “Ormsby also says that Democrats for Education Reform has collected $60,500, including $21,000 from the Crown family and $5,000 from Jennifer Steans, the sister of State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago).”
As far as I know, the Crown family, the Steans family and the rest of that bunch haven’t gone anywhere.