|Peter Cunningham (right) flack for corporate reformers like Arne Duncan & Eli Broad|
He accuses me of fighting "yesterday's battles". I'll cop to that, I suppose. Then claims that I'm an agent of the status quo. That's funny.
He's a teachers union basher and part of the "no excuses" crowd who claims we're just using issues of racism and poverty as excuses to keep from working hard on school reform.Forever fighting yesterday's battles @mikeklonsky. You want integration? improve schools. You want segregation? Keep protecting status quo.— Peter Cunningham (@PCunningham57) August 16, 2016
He even wrote a major piece on the topic, "Is School Integration Necessary?, published in U.S. News & World Report.@NickKilstein My point: some folks use poverty as an excuse to avoid hard work of improving schools. Some now using segregation.— Peter Cunningham (@PCunningham57) August 18, 2016
I maintain that concentrated poverty and racial segregation are at the very root of our country's school problems and that it's impossible to build "good schools", charter or public, apart from the ongoing community-based struggles for equity and against segregation.
Cunningham thinks I'm picking on him. He even claims that I and his many critics are "obsessed" with him. That's a little weird.
The reason so many progressives are taking aim at Cunningham is not that they're obsessed. Rather it's because he's become the main flack for corporate-style school reform.Give it time @ryangarza89. Soon you will be obsessed with me like @mikeklonsky. Not so much @KatieOsgood_.— Peter Cunningham (@PCunningham57) August 18, 2016
I'll say one thing for him, he's prolific on Twitter (like me) and likes to engage with lefties. Sees that as his role.
He was the public voice and often the script-writer at the DOE for Arne Duncan's Race To The Top and his efforts are now totally underwritten by anti-public-school power philanthropists like Eli Broad and the Waltons.
Now that Duncan has virtually disappeared from the education policy debate and the words Race To The Top are taboo for any politician hoping to win an election, Cunningham has become the most visible national target for public education advocates and social-justice activists.
He shouldn't be complaining about all the heat he's taking. That's why they pay him the big bucks.