Donna Brazile Announces Launch of Democrat-Oriented Public Education Group
Dorothy Rowley | 7/16/2014, 5:40 p.m.
Political strategist Donna Brazile recently announced the formation of a new group which focuses on uniting Democrats who believe in the value of public education.
Brazile announced the launch of the group — Democrats for Public Education — Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where she addressed more than 3,500 members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at its 83rd annual convention.
"The very premise of ‘market-driven education reform' rests on the fallacy that the public school system is in crisis, and that the only solution is to let the market pick winners and losers," she said.
Brazile, Democratic National Committee vice chair, said that there's a desperate need for classrooms to focus on "educating character, teaching skills, creating an environment of dialogue and inquiry, establishing a community from a diversity of cultures, nurturing potential and empowering people in the pursuit of happiness."
AFT President Randi Weingarten said the promise of America is being undercut by people who devote their fortunes to decreasing the nation's strength, advancing the politics of division, and promoting economic policies that redistribute more income to fewer people.
"And they've been aided and abetted by some lawmakers, judges and even some Democrats," said Weingarten. "Some — like those who call themselves Democrats for Education Reform — mimic the Jeb Bushes and Eli Broads of the world, promoting competition and test-obsession."
She added however, that "a new group of Democrats is emerging who want to stand up for our students, for our educators and for public education."