Joshua Liebner: Rodriguez has learned the hard way that he was played. He would eventually get sucked into the world of the corporate education reform where power players saw in the puppy-faced student a lamb who might succeed in the field of wolves.
Joshua Leibner: Progressive Democrats can no longer pretend that the Democrats who support (and are supported by) billionaire Ed Reform are anything but rapacious destructors of the very definition of public education.
Joshua Liebner: The Ed Reform Movement is attempting to co-opt the term “Progressive” and wrap their agenda up in its fabled glory.
Joshua Leibner: On January 18th, we learned that public education in Los Angeles was buried by a million dollar avalanche in the form of a single contribution by former mayor and billionaire Richard Riordan for a local school board race.
Josh Leibner: Looking back, the leadership of John Deasy at LAUSD was one of the most arrogantly destructive eras of my pedagogical lifetime.
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Joshua Leibner: It is crucially important that Progressives fight hard for the pedagogy they believe in and call out Democrats who support the mainstream Republican education agenda.
Joshua Leibner: You completely dismissed the agonized cry of the teachers of LAUSD who believed that the students should have a superintendent who championed their causes through education policies.