I have been skeptical of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' education record because of his support in the U.S. Senate for the Murphy Amendment, which would've continued test and punish federal education policy.
Senator Sanders also recently voted to send former New York State Education Commissioner John King's nomination for Secretary of Education to the full U.S. Senate. Bernie's K-12 education record lately has not been very teacher friendly.
Part of me wonders if Bernie will just be the latest so called progressive to be all for public school teachers when running for office and then abandon us as soon as he/she is elected. See Bill de Blasio for details.
Since we have been critical of Senator Sanders when it comes to K-12 education, we must say we are impressed by this little Twitter quote that Sanders released as part of the Illinois primary campaign.
Bernie still needs to give some form of the speech on public education that Bertis Downs recommended last month but bashing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while supporting teachers and saying no to shutting down schools is a real step in our direction.
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