On Friday, Politico reported the news:
Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Donna Brazile have … agreed to act as co-chairs … We intend to begin a national campaign aimed at united Democrats and showing broad support for the core principles outlined in the statement. At the AFT convention [today] in Los Angeles, president Randi Weingarten will talk more about it.
This group is expected to be a ballast to Democrats for Education Reform, also known as DFER (pronounced DEE-fer). A branch existed in Ohio for sometime but appears to be inactive. The national DFER apparently greeted the new entity with this warm, cooshy welcome. I guess the whole notion of playing nice on the playground is in for a serious makeover.
NB: As a local grassroots Democratic primary candidate who was personally targeted by the pro-privatization campaign financing juggernaut StudentsFirst, which is headed by Michelle Rhee, I look forward to seeing what this new organization will accomplish. Look for much more from me about the role of StudentsFirst in Ohio’s statehouse races as WLST continues to publish.