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February 14, 2018

If education reform is a political game, and it is, then it looks like the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) is winning. Here’s why.

On February 13, the union held an informational picket line, meant to rally members and raise public awareness of the issues MFT says it is fighting for. That includes clean buildings, less testing, and smaller class sizes. 1,000 people showed up to walk the picket line in freezing, late afternoon temperatures. They hoisted signs and banged on drums while passing vehicles honked and waved in support. 

Whatever you think of union politics, it was an impressive show of force. Once the picket line ended, the action moved inside the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Davis Center headquarters, where a regularly scheduled school board meeting was getting underway. The spotless front entryway of the building, with its walls dotted in elementary school kids’ colorful art, was so packed with union supporters that elbow room was impossible to come by.

With boot-clad feet stamping the floor, a chant of “We are the union, the mighty, mighty union” took shape before teachers, kids, parents and community members marched through the school board room. The mood was unmistakably buoyant.

It comes amid contract negotiations between MFT and the Minneapolis schools. According to a Star Tribune article, the district would like to hold mediation sessions over typical business items such as wages and benefits. Across the table, however, the union, like its counterpart in St. Paul, is attempting to use its contract as a way to advocate for the “schools Minneapolis kids deserve.” Labor laws in the United States favor management on this one, with precedent given to restricting union negotiations to boilerplate contract issues. 

But there is a growing trend of labor groups embracing “social justice unionism,”where the contract becomes a way to reframe the failure narrative dogging public schools. In cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, St. Paul, and now, Minneapolis, this movement has pushed back against the plutocrat supported assumption that schools and teachers are failing kids.

Reformers Rally Too

On February 7, almost one week before the MFT rally drew one thousand supporters, the local education reform outfit, Minnesota Comeback, held their own rally at Minneapolis’s Capri Theater. This was billed as a quarterly gathering for the group’s community members and was a much more sparsely attended, subdued affair than MFT’s more celebratory one.

It may be because the intended audience was much different. A handful of politicians, including St. Paul state legislator, Carlos Mariani and state auditor hopeful, Jon Tollefson, were there, along with a few people who identified themselves as charter school parents. Al Fan, director of Minnesota Comeback, started the gathering off by identifying his organization’s goals.

“We want to triple the number of students enrolled in proven schools by 2022,” Fan promised, before noting that this does not include “every kid.” This seems to imply that, although Minnesota Comeback is funded by some of Minnesota’s wealthiest individuals and foundations,its official position is thatsome kids will simply be left behind. 

This is the root of the kind of market-based, “sector agnostic” approach to education reform that Minnesota Comeback represents, especially given its ties to the national, billionaire-funded group, Education Cities. Their “theory of change” is that schools fail kids, not a society grossly hamstrung by racial and economic inequality. Throwing philanthropic dollars around, as Minnesota Comeback does, is increasingly seen as justification for capitalism’s excesses and, many argue, does little to address the complex historic and current problems that hold some kids and schools back.

Rather than fighting for an increase in minimum wage for all, as both the St. Paul and Minneapolis teachers unions have done, for example, Minnesota Comeback talks about “schools as the unit of change,” where the lucky will land–through the wonders of school choice–in the right kind of life-altering spot. 

Nuance. We Need Nuance!

Shavar Jeffries

This is the perspective that Shavar Jeffries, a former candidate for mayor of Newark, New Jersey, brought to the February 7 Minnesota Comeback event. After Al Fan left the stage, and Carlos Mariani had a turn talking about the need for “nuance” in education policy, Jeffries stepped up to share his story. (If you want to know more about the complexities of Newark and education reform, read The Prize.)

It is a compelling one. Jeffries has overcome a lot, as a child of Newark’s South Ward. His mother was murdered when he was just ten, and his father was not part of his life. Thankfully, as he pointed out, his grandmother steered him towards the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, where he was encouraged to apply for a scholarship to a prestigious local private school. Once there, he soared, and eventually graduated from Columbia Law School. 

After returning to Newark and helping to set up a KIPP charter school, which Jeffries said his own kids now attend, he has gone on to become a partner in a law firm. He is also the current president of the once-prominent group, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). This group’s influence reached its zenith with the Obama administration, when Obama and his secretary of education, Arne Duncan, proved willing to embrace DFER’s Wall Street-funded goals of promoting school choice, blocking the power of teachers unions and otherwise carrying water for elite interests.

From a 2008 DFER press release:

So what should we make of Mr. Duncan? One promising clue comes from a group called Democrats for Education Reform, part of the growing voice for reform in the party. DFER is known to cheer Democrats brave enough to support charter schools and other methods of extending options to parents. Joe Williams, the group’s executive director, predicted that Mr. Duncan will help break the “ideological and political gridlock to promote new, innovative and experimental ideas.”

Former DFER director, Joe Williams, is now in charge of the Walton Education Coalition, a reform advocacy fundworth $1 billion. Under Williams, and now Jeffries, DFER has been particularly anxious to portray itself as purveyors of “progressive, bold education reform.” Jeffries said this work includes promoting both district and charter schools in places like Denver, and fighting against “bad actors” in the charter sector–a move that would seem essential today, given the growing stories aboutcorruption and scandalin these publicly funded, privately run “schools of choice.”

Jeffries made many salient points about America’s racist past and present, saying we are “still dealing” with the idea that people of color are not as smart as white people. White supremacy is a problematic framework in education, Jeffries insisted, before picking up on a theme common in Minnesota Comeback’s promotional materials: schools today need to be “rigorous and relevant.”

Fragile Political Capital

The conversation took an interesting turn when Jeffries, who was later joined on stage by Mariani for a question and answer session, talked about how “fragile” political capital is right now for groups like DFER, especially, undoubtedly, in the accountability-free world of Donald Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos. (Jeffries has publicly distanced himself from DeVos and her zealous approach to education reform.)

Jeffries then waded into the “unions vs. reformers” squall by saying DFER bore no “categorical opposition to labor.” However, he noted, unions are part of crafting a “scary narrative,” by saying reform groups like DFER and Minnesota Comeback are just “corporate” and affiliated with hedge funds. Which, of course, they are. Both Minnesota Comeback and DFER, especially under Jeffries, have taken pains to call out white supremacy and its impact on public education, yet they are very quick to defend their ties to the purse strings of very wealthy, very elite, powerful people and institutions.

“What they do is, they try to demonize us,” Jeffries said of unions, drawing supportive claps from many in attendance. Mariani, who is also part of the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, answered Jeffries, saying, “We need to fight against fear tactics and keep the public informed.” 

“I’m a kid from the hood who got an opportunity,” Jeffries later said. “There is no one behind the curtain.”

It’s hard to square this, though, with Jeffries’ other insights. He repeated later that “white supremacy must be dismantled,” yet he said he “loves Teach for America”–a politically powerful reform outfit heavily funded, again, by billionaire investors. In a later conversation, Jeffries also said he supports standardized testing over “five million teachers doing their own thing,” which would seem to be at odds with his belief that schools need to celebrate and uphold marginalized students.

Later, Jeffries was called upon by state auditor candidate, Jon Tollefson, who has been endorsed by the supposedly progressive group, Our Revolution, to provide info on how to “blunt the ‘oh, they’re just corporate reformers'” message. (Tollefson is married to Josh Crosson of the local reform group, Ed Allies.)

Tollefson said a friend of his, Anthony Hernandez, is running for a seat in the legislature. Hernandez has been “attacked by the so-called left,” Tollefson insisted, for being a charter school teacher and member of (yet another billionaire-backed reform group), Educators for Excellence. All Hernandez is doing, Tollefson insisted, is “running to make sure we get good schools for all kids.”

Jeffries kicked his message into high gear then, telling the audience that “we gotta smack our opponents around if they won’t stop.” Get “validators,” he advised, to help spread the reform message. He then noted that DFER can help: “We have a whole political team that can provide support.” Yes, DFER does, as the Center for Media and Democracy noted in 2016:

At first glance, “Democrats for Education Reform” (DFER) may sound like a generic advocacy group, but a closer review of its financial filings and activities shows how it uses local branding to help throw the voice of huge Wall Street players and other corporate interests from out-of-state.

DFER is actually the morewell knownPAC arm of Education Reform Now, Inc. (ERN), a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, and Education Reform Now Advocacy, Inc. (ERNA), a 501(c)(4) social welfare group. Their acronym not only sounds like the word “earn,” but also it has the backing of some really huge earners.

DFER co-founder (and founder of the T2 Partners hedge fund) Whitney Tilson explainedthe hedge funders interest in education noting that “Hedge funds are always looking for ways to turn a small amount of capital into a large amount of capital.“

This is the kind of group Minnesota Comeback has aligned itself with, while taking great pains to present itself as acting only on behalf of the needs of under-served students. Get those kids–well, some of them, anyway–into a “proven” school, with teachers who believe enough to make them succeed, and things will work out. (Especially if these schools are beset with the latest education innovations, such as tech-driven “personalized learning”–the kind that venture capitalists love to invest in.) 

Or maybe, as the Minneapolis teachers union has insisted, the conversation should turn towards the kind of conditions kids today are living in, with a bottoming out of public supportfor their families and schools. Judging by the throngs of teachers and parents who walked the informational picket on February 13, their message might just be catching on. 

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This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged DFER, education reform, MFT, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Minnesota Comeback, plutocrats, Shavar Jeffries on by sarah.lahm@gmail.com.

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Meet Tiffany Fess

Tiffany is currently completing a PhD at West Virginia University in Agricultural Sciences with focus on determining nutritional and genetic differences between crops produced using organic and mineral N fertilization. She's passionate about breeding crops for organic systems and works closely with the Student Organic Seed Symposium (SOSS), acting as a planning committee member for the 2015 meeting in Madison, WI.

Additionally, she’s a founding and sitting Board of Directors member for the newly created Society of Organic Seed Professionals (SOSP). In 2017, she and her business partners started the Green Thumb Health Co, an industrial hemp growing operation in Morgantown, WV.

Tiffany has been an advocate and contributor at all of the Hemp Inc University events and the industry as a whole. Hemp Inc University is proud to now have Tiffany as an instructor and the entire Industrial Hemp Industry will greatly benefit!

Meet Dr. Robert Bruck

Dr. Robert I. (Bob) Bruck is currently Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science at Louisburg College. He was appointed to this position in 2014 following a 35-year career as Alumni Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Science at North Carolina State University.

He received doctoral degrees from Syracuse University and the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry; followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Plant Pathology at Cornell University.

His research addressed the effects of atmospheric deposition and ozone on soil microbiota in agricultural and silvicultural systems. Over his career he taught more than 40,000 undergraduate students and mentored 40 doctoral candidates.

He is also the Executive Vice President of the Natural Science Center Inc.; a private biotechnology company developing natural, organic certified, probiotic micro-organisms now used internationally to promote soil and plant health.

He is the recipient of many awards including the North Carolina Award for Science in 1997 (highest civilian award in NC) and recently elected as Dean of Hemp Inc University.

Erik is an entrepreneur, inventor, and product developer with a 25-year track record of bridging gaps between business developers, engineers, and production floors.

In 2015, when the state of Oregon legalized recreational cannabis, Erik saw an opportunity to offer his much needed expertise to the rapidly growing industry. Combining his experience in advanced design and engineering, he has now fully invested his skills in the rapidly evolving cannabis and hemp businesses.

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Its mission is to guarantee consistency to the customer, profitability to the farmer, and success to the network of processors. Erik and his co-founders have developed a proprietary Aqueous Water Processing technology that never uses solvents, high heats or super critical pressures.

This first-to-market process delivers results to full spectrum whole-plant concentrates, aqueous beverages, nutraceuticals and raw materials for the medical, edible and infusible markets.

Another expression of Erik’s creativity and talent is his love for music. He currently plays lead guitar in the Space Funk band LIQUID located in Ashland, Oregon. He is the co-inventor of the CymaScope, an instument for making sound visible. Other studies and applications used in his design and business endeavors are Phiometry, BioGeometry, BioMimicry and Vortex Based Mathematics. He is proficient in using SolidWorks, SolidWorks Flow Simulation, 3D printing, database and enterprise software tools, and of course, nature…

Erik is a sought-after educator, speaker and consultant in the cannabis and industrial hemp industry and Hemp Inc University is excited to have Erik speak at this Hemp Oil Event!

Meet Justin Hamilton

Justin Hamilton is currently CEO of Hempleton Investment Group, Inc., which owns and operates the first NC Hemp Farm and Hemp Farmacy, creating a model farm that can be integrated nationally. The company focuses on education and awareness of Hemp’s potential for residents, farmers, patients, entrepreneurs, and future participants in the Hemp Industry worldwide.

Surrounded by entrepreneurial spirit and thriving on creativity, he spent much of his early life on a tobacco farm outside of Winston-Salem before moving across the state to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a NC Teaching Fellow; majoring in English and Education.

While at the university he began designing and building a multi-level real estate corporation with a focus in historical redevelopment and green building integration. Learning more at this point from the shift in the real estate market than the university education, Justin has spent the last decade focused on diversification, rural agricultural development, including Industrial Hemp and innovative Agritourism strategies.

Meet Bruce Perlowin

Bruce Perlowin is Chief Executive Officer and President of Hemp, Inc., (OTC: HEMP), a publicly traded company focused on processing industrial hemp to be used in producing a myriad of clean, green sustainable products. With North America’s largest commercial industrial hemp processing facility, Hemp, Inc. is poised to be the avant-garde of the industrial hemp industry.

Under Mr. Perlowin’s direction, Hemp, Inc. acquired a line of automated Temafa decortication equipment worth $10,000,000. The machinery is designed to separate the fiber from the core of the hemp plant through a process known as decortication. Housed in a 70,000+ square foot warehouse, on over 9 acres in Spring Hope, North Carolina, the Temafa decortication equipment and milling operation will enable the company to process raw hemp into fiber and hurd (two valuable base products) that can yield hundreds of products.

The former marijuana smuggler turned medical marijuana mogul turned industrial hemp mogul now focused strictly on industrial hemp has become a true Renaissance man.


Because we believe that Teacher/Student ratios are important and the opportunity for anyone to ask questions throughout the event, we have to limit the size of this program to no more than 115 participants.

As our first several Hemp Inc University classes have all sold out quickly and we expect the same for…the HEMP OIL EVENT - The Art and Science of CBD OIL – How It Works - How It’s Extracted - How to Sell It.


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