The Careful Language of the Union’s Governor
Ted Nesi is a bit too credulous about statements from Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee’s spokesman, Mike Trainor:
… Chafee spokesman Mike Trainor told me in a phone interview a few minutes ago. “I just spoke to the governor-elect about this, and with all due respect, you may be jumping to conclusions that are not necessarily accurate,” he said. (Who, me?)
“Gov.-elect Chafee does not have any plans for a wholesale replacement of the Board of Regents,” Trainor explained. “He’s going to look at each of the members in light of their experience and their relationship to his education philosophy. But it would be wrong to speculate that the entire board is going to be replaced.”
So, Chafee doesn’t have plans to replace every voice of education reform in Rhode Island government, but he has yet to determine who will be willing to conform with “his education philosophy.” I’d say it’s fair to expect to see either capitulation by the appointed office holders or a conflict after which we’ll hear from Trainor that some board member or commissioner was entirely out of sync with the governor’s expectations for education in Rhode Island… yadda yadda.
Nesi also points to some profiles of Diane Ravitch, who apparently has contributed much to Chafee’s “education philosophy.” Ravitch’s may be a familiar name as somebody who has switched from the choice-and-accountability movement to… well, to whatever the opposing side is. I’ve addressed her conversion here and here.