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DFER-NY Releases Statement on Astorino's Education Plan

DFER-NY Releases Statement on Astorino's Education Plan

Craig Johnson, Democrats for Education Reform NY Board Chair, issued the following statement on NY gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's education plan:

"Rob Astorino's education plan reads like it had been gathering dust in a cave someplace for several years. Rather than dealing with accountability and standards in smart ways, Astorino's plan would take New York back to the days when mediocrity was celebrated, taxpayers were frustrated, and students were not being prepared for the rapidly changing world."


My Hero's Journey

By Bianca Dorsey, Communications Intern

During one of my weekly training sessions at City Year Cleveland, I was introduced to “The Hero’s Journey,” what some anthropologists consider to be a universal pattern existing in narratives throughout history. On this journey, a character is presented with an unfamiliar circumstance, and by either persevering or being defeated, the character is transformed.

The Hero’s Journey parallels my experience with City Year.

For 10 months, I had the privilege of working with 35 amazing ninth grade students, passionate educators, and hard-working corps members.


Bringing Diversity to the Classroom

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Created by DFER's Communications Coordinator and Web Editor, Stephanie Doctrow

From DFER's Blog Series: Infographic Tuesdays

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DFER News Roundup

DFER News Roundup

By Stephanie Doctrow, Communications Coordinator and Web Editor and Bianca Dorsey, Communications Intern


  • Our August Reformer of the Month is Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, a progressive champion running for lieutenant governor of Rhode Island. Learn more about McKee at The DFER List!

DFER Seen & Heard:

  • EdWeek’s Arianna Prothero discussed WA’s charter school authorization process with DFER-WA’s Lisa Macfarlane. 
  • DFER-IL’s Rebecca Nieves Huffman commented on CTU President Karen Lewis’ controversial salary to NBC Chicago.
  • WPRI’s Ted Nesi reported on Cumberland Mayor (and August Reformer of the Month) Dan McKee’s addition to The DFER List.
  • “Steve Barr Tries to Bridge Union-Reformer Divide in Reboot of California’s ‘Democrats for Education Reform,’” Charles Taylor Kerchner writes for EdWeek.

Advocacy, Policy Briefs & Such:

  • Statement | Democrats for Education Reform Names Michelle Brisbane as New York State Director

DFER Blog:

  • DFER-CO’s Jen Walmer commends Denver Public Schools’ new Denver Plan 2020. 


Denver Plan 2020 Fights for Great Schools in Every Neighborhood

By Jen Walmer, DFER-CO State Director

DFER-endorsed DPS School Board Members Happy Haynes, Anne Rowe, Barbara O'Brien, Landri Taylor, Mike Johnson and Rosemary Rodriquez unveiled the new Denver Plan 2020 this week. Based on a vision called “Every Child Succeeds,” their comprehensive plan to move the needle for Denver's kids shows that we have elected leaders willing to challenge the status quo. We commend their leadership and their call to action to ensure the district realizes its goals by 2020.

The Denver Plan has at its core the goal of Great Schools In Every Neighborhood.


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