WikiLeaks Common Core Email: DNC Believes It’s a “Political Third Rail” – an article at Missouri Education Watchdog
Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee — part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.
When searching for ‘common core’ in the database, this email popped up instructing recipients on what to put in a Democratic video about education:
Common Core is seen as a political third rail that we (the Democrats) should not be touching at all. Get rid of it. So apparently, the Democratic party will not listen to Democrat grass-roots voters when they raise questions and concerns about the special interest groups dictating educational policy, direction and development. Deflection is the preferred method of the DNC in speaking about education and avoiding Common Core.
Wouldn’t you love to see the emails between NGOs and the US Federal Department of Education on Common Core? You wonder if the DNC emails are similar to those organizations corresponding with each other and if they used the ‘third rail’ reference to various news organizations supporting that agenda. The idea that Common Core is unfairly designated as a third rail is referred to by several sources approving of the standards:
- http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/09/why_arent_democratic_president.html **Excerpt: Patrick McGuinn, a professor of political science at Drew University, in Madison, N.J., who has studied K-12 education and elections, gave me three possibilities. One, Democrats are staying mum in part because Republicans are talking about the issue but in an “ideologically extreme way to appeal to the Tea Party wing of the GOP that dominate[s] the primaries.” The GOP contenders are creating “self-inflicted wounds” that will come back to haunt the eventual nominee, according to McGuinn. “No Need for the Dems to say much when the Repubs are making themselves look bad all by themselves!” McGuinn wrote in an email. Two, he said, K-12 has been a “tricky” issue for Democratic presidential candidates because of the divide between the “reform” wing of the party and teachers’ unions on issues like ending teacher tenure and expanding charter schools. It’s easier to focus on the areas where most primary voters are in agreement, like ending student loan debt, McGuinn wrote. Finally, this past year has seen a big backlash around the federal role in education and Obama’s K-12 agenda, particularly when it comes to the common core and standardized testing. “I don’t think any of the Dem candidates want to be too closely associated with all that,” McGuinn wrote.
The leaked email deflects Common Core concerns to the GOP (make it look bad according to Professor McGuinn), alleging it doesn’t appreciate teachers, and away from Clinton’s role in setting up a national educational system and an explanation of why she supports the CCSSI. Is it any wonder the Democrat party is unresponsive to concerns from the population that funds the CCSSI but whose questions/concerns are ignored?