In a series of Twitter posts last night, Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado called me “an evil woman.” He said that my ideas were harming public education.

This is puzzling. What do I do that makes the rich and powerful fume and blow their cool?

I have met him twice in DC. The first time, I met with members of the House Education Committee and described my last book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. He listened impatiently and at the end of my 15 minutes of talk, he threw my talk across the table at me and demanded his money back. Another Congressman paid him, not me. I was stunned.

What do I propose that is “evil”? Early childhood education? Reduced class size? Pre-natal care for poor women? Arts in every school? Physical education every day for every child? After-school and summer school programs? Health clinics?

Gosh, he is a powerful Congressman, and I am a woman with a pen. What is his problem?

Jersey Jazzman here reprints the beginning of the many tweets that were posted (in another, he said I am “sweet” but still “evil”). And Jersey Jazzman has some sharp words for Congressman Polis.