The Biden/Sanders policy task force has come out with a final report on a range of issues, including education.
Of course, the Sanders wing made concessions. And the Biden wing was also forced to put some distance between itself and the Obama/Duncan education era.
It appears that progressives succeeded in getting some good stuff in the final report. The same thing occurred in 2016 but because Clinton lost to Trump, we were not able to see how that would have manifested itself in actual policy.
There was agreement on less testing for purposes of accountability.
The task force calls for greater control over charters, a plank which was advocated by both Sanders and Warren during the primary.
Sanders had advocated universal free tuition at public four-year colleges during the primary. The task falls short of that. It calls for families earning under $125,000 per year and community colleges should be free for all.
While the task force report and the final Democratic platform are far from actual legislation, and far from what I would have wanted – and we still must defeat Trump and elect Democratic majorities and then some – it has caused the corporate education reformers some heart burn.
Democrats for Education Reform National President Shavar Jeffries released a statement expressing its disappointment over the task force’s positions on testing and charters.
That’s a reason to be happy.