Yesterday, at the end of my post on the new Gallup Poll showing public opposition to the school “reformer” agenda growing dramatically, I asked:
The question is: What will “school reformers” do in response? Will they moderate their positions and come to the table to compromise, or will they double-down in self-righteousness and zeal (and get a lot more money from Gates, Walton, Broad, etc.)?
It didn’t take long to get a response to that question here in California — Marshall Tuck, a leading school “reformer” in Los Angeles, has just announced his candidacy for the California Superintendent of Public Instruction. He’ll be opposing incumbent Tom Torlakson, who is probably the most progressive State Superintendent in the country.
So let me get this straight — the “reformer” agenda is opposed by growing majorities in polls; despite spending huge amounts of money in the recent Los Angeles school board elections, “reformers” suffered major defeats; and their candidate for the State Superintendent position in the last election, Gloria Romero, didn’t even make the run-off — yet, despite all that, they’re going to go after a popular incumbent who is supported by a popular Governor (Jerry Brown), who has been publicly opposing a large part of the school “reformer” agenda.
Delusional is the only word I can think of to describe their thinking….