It is very interesting how the Panel for Education Policy and the Chancellor who tell teachers to be neutral politically are having a special meeting tonight at Tweed to oppose Betsy DeVos for national Secretary of Education.
I of course oppose DeVos and urge everyone to do what they can to fight her confirmation but if we succeed, do you think President Donald Trump is going to appoint someone to the job who supports public education?
The emergency PEP meeting looks to me like part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's reelection campaign. About a week ago, we predicted that he would run against Donald Trump for reelection as mayor no matter who his opponent is. Tonight's spectacle at DOE Central just kind of confirms our thinking.
Add to this the Mayor's fundraising legal troubles might be catching up to him, as Reality Based Educator told us in a comment here at the ICEUFT blog, and we can see clearly that the obvious reelection strategy for Democrats is to run as if Trump is on the ballot.
It is a smart strategy but it doesn't do much for us working in the schools.
The PEP voted on Monday night against DeVos. Here is Chancellor Farina's statement.
Was she neutral?
“People need to understand that we live in a democracy, and a democracy is a place where educators teach students and adults to use their intelligence to make decisions based on facts,” she said. “I admire the PEP for deciding that this is an issue that is of importance to them … It’s all about leadership and making decisions, and then standing up and saying ‘This is what I believe.’”