Friday Frenzy: Beyond Spitzer
If you were as fascinated as I was with the Eliot Spitzer scandal, then you may have missed these noteworthy reads:
The Democrats for Education Reform will be among the first to get a sneak-peak of the new governor of New York, David Paterson. (Hat tip to Eduwonk for flagging this story.) Before Spitzer's troubles became public, the DFER had planned a March 20 fundraiser for Paterson in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. And, DFER's Joe Williams told me, Paterson has re-confirmed that he plans to attend.
With so few major pieces written about education in the presidential race, it's important to check out The New Republic's take on Barack Obama's education agenda. The piece makes the case that Obama is really more of centrist than a liberal on education, although you may not know that from his predictable campaign stump speeches of late, which tend to focus on bashing the No Child Left Behind Act. And the story explores the concerns some have over Linda Darling-Hammond's role as one of his education advisers.
And speaking of Obama, Alexander Russo's Chicago blog has a good post on the senator's congressional earmarks. From what I can discern, Obama had released his latest earmarks, but until now, hadn't released them for fiscal years 2005 and 2006. Sen. Hillary Clinton hasn't released hers, so far. For more about education earmarks in general, read my colleague (and Campaign K-12 contributor) Alyson Klein's story from earlier this month.
And finally, after a monthslong search, I've found a place where education is actually a big campaign issue. Delaware!