(Update: Adding comment from Brown’s group)
Campbell Brown doesn’t hide her disdain for teachers unions. She has frequently railed against them, and formed an anti-union advocacy group that filed a lawsuit in New York this week seeking to eliminate job protections for teachers in the state.
That’s why it is somewhat amusing that her group, the Partnership for Educational Justice, describes itself on its Web site with the very same language of the slogan branding the current educational campaign of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second-largest teachers union.
Here’s the AFT’s logo for its “Reclaiming the Promise” campaign:
AFT President Randi Weingarten wrote last year in this piece on Huffington Post that “reclaiming the promise of public education” was vital for the future of the country .
Now take a look at an explanation of the Brown group mission, taken from its Web site (emphasis is mine):
We’re committed to reclaiming the promise of public education for all students. Our passionate team of parent leaders, education advocates and legal experts empowers local communities to strengthen their schools by pursuing common sense policy changes. We provide the resources and support families need to get the schools they deserve.Partnership for Educational Justice222 Broadway, 19th FloorNew York, NY 10038
Campbell Brown may be surprised that she has something in common with Randi Weingarten.
I asked the Partnership for Educational Justice for a comment about this and the following comment came back in an e-mail from Executive Director Reshma Singh:
When almost 91.5 percent of our teachers in NY State are rated as highly effective or effective but only 31 percent of our students are able to read or perform math on grade level, reclaiming the promise of public education can’t possibly mean accepting the status quo. These courageous parents know from personal experience that providing a quality teacher in every classroom is an urgent need and they are fighting to achieve that goal.