What a crazy world we’re living in these days! Last week I pointed out how a voucher group is working closely with the union on a private school teacher training project… Hatfields hugging the McCoys?
Well, here’s another example of strange bedfellows — Education Week blogger Alyson Klein notes that an odd trio is running around together promoting school reform:
In case you missed it, it basically involves Rev. Al Sharpton and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich high-fiving and fist-bumping and telling everyone about how their similarities on education policy transcend their differences on… just about everything else. They’re pro-charter, pro-merit pay, pro-accountability, and they play well with all sorts of audiences.
At the convention, a room full of conservative Republican delegates gave Sharpton a standing ovation, while, during the inauguration festivities, a crowd at an inner-city high school in majority black and Democratic D.C. took cell phone pictures of Gingrich (although he kinda got upstaged by another Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona).
Well, now U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is hopping on the tour.
Now you know how important the cause of education reform is: Newt Gingrich, Al Sharpton, and Arne Duncan are on the same road show promoting it. There may be many disagreements on nearly every other issue, but not the one that most directly affects kids like me.
If only they could all also agree about the need to save private scholarships for D.C. students.