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  •  Please do hammer away (0+ / 0-)

    And I really do think it was a great diary, and that it was informative. I wasn't being sarcastic about that, sorry if I gave you that impression.

    But if those are Obama's true feelings, which I certainly hope they are, I don't understand why he wouldn't be instructing the DoE to follow them. They are entirely under his command, and he has absolute final say in whatever they do. I read the whole diary, including Cody's material about how the DoE is scrambling, which makes sense since their boss just contradicted a majority of what they've been pushing, but that doesn't explain why there is such a discrepancy. Maybe Obama just decided that his former plan wasn't working and we will see him start to implement policy following those comments in the coming months. But it just all seems so strange to me. Why did he change his mind now? If he's going to do a 180 on his policy why do it at a town hall meeting talking to little kids instead of one of his weekly addresses at the very least?

    So please, hammer away at Obama and the DoE and get some answers from them. I really do appreciate this diary uncovering the problem, I didn't know Obama said that, but I have so many questions now.

    •  consider this a gift (1+ / 0-)
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      which gives us an opportunity to hammer away.  Anthony Cody grasped that immediately.  When Valerie Strauss reposted his blog, the Department of Education was forced to respond.  They have made a bit of a hash of what they have done so far.  We are waiting to see what they offer for the 4th question tomorrow.

      My role was largely to make more people aware, as well as to tie in a few other pieces of info I thought relevant, such as last weeks Guardian piece by Walt Gardner.

      Once upon a time the Education Department would do outreach to me.  Even further back, I had been told by a high-ranking campaign official that they paid attention to what I wrote about education.  Somehow I do not think, as critical as I have been of their education policy, I am on their good guys list at this point.  But even a recommended diary here does not have to concern them as much as something appearing on the Washington Post website.

      So my "hammering" is subsidiary to what Anthony has been and is still doing.

      And besides, it gives us both an opportunity to yet again call attention to the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action in  July.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 05:34:26 PM PDT

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      •  Very true (0+ / 0-)

        Hopefully some positive change will come about from this, aided by you and Cody I'm sure. Maybe if it does start to change, they will reach out to you again, that's pretty cool that they did in the past.

        I wish I could come to that March, but I will have just returned from a class abroad. Send my regards to everyone there.

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