As I mentioned in an earlier post, a New Jersey reformer came to the defense of Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf and insisted that if Al Shanker were alive today, he too would be an advocate for charters and choice just like Chris Cerf and Governor Christie.
No one knows how she came to this conclusion, since Al Shanker did not look kindly on non-union schools (90% of more of charters are non-union) and he came out in opposition to charters in 1993.
Now Mother Crusader, the parent activist in New Jersey, has introduced a new voice into this discussion: Edith Shanker, the widow of Al Shanker.
Mother Crusader–known to family and friends as Darcie Cimarusti–did some research and found a statement in which Edie Shanker (as she is known to her friends) called a foul on the reformers who were trying to use Al’s name to support charters.
As I have said again and again, each of us has the power to change the national conversation. Together we are unstoppable.
Darcie Cimarusti and Jersey Jazzman and other parent and teachers bloggers are doing that in New Jersey. They are our Paul Reveres. They are shining a light on the back room deals and exposing the hype and spin. Thanks to them for their persistence and courage.