The Harvard Institute of Politics provided an orientation conference for new members of Congress, most of whom were Democrats, and the progressive freshmen were outraged.

Slate has the story here, as well as the agenda.

The meeting was co-hosted by the free-market, conservative American Enterprise Institute (one of its funders is Betsy DeVos).

Believe it or not, the only “expert” to speak about education was Raj Chetty, Mr. Fire-Teachers-Sooner-Rather-Than-Later. Why no one from the Economic Policy Institute? Or the Network for Public Education? Or Harvard’s Daniel Koretz on the failure of NCLB and Race to the Top and their cousin the “Every Student Succeeds Act”? Or anyone who knows that federal education policy has been a disaster for almost 20 years?

Slate wrote:

“Before the beginning of each new Congress since 1972, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics has hosted the Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, which bills itself as “the preeminent educational and preparatory program for newly elected Republican and Democratic Members of the House of Representatives.” The institute held its program—co-sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, as well as the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Congressional Institute—for the large incoming class of recently-elected members of Congress this week, and the schedule was designed to foster policy discussions and offer tips for stepping into the new job.

“But there was drama.

“Some of the most progressive members of the class, including Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, tweeted their displeasure with the program. Ocasio-Cortez criticized the event’s corporate tilt, while Tlaib paraphrased her version of an exchange she had with former Trump economic advisor (and former Goldman Sachs president) Gary Cohn.”

Ocasio-Cortez-Cortez tweeted:

Our “bipartisan” Congressional orientation is cohosted by a corporate lobbyist group. Other members have quietly expressed to me their concern that this wasn’t told to us in advance.

Lobbyists are here. Goldman Sachs is here. Where‘s labor? Activists?Frontline community leaders?

Why did the Harvard Institute of Politics subject savvy progressive members of Congress to same-old, same-old from corporate leaders?

Open the article ad see the agenda and judge for yourself.