HT to David Bernstein, whose hilarious blog post takes Charlie Baker, Richard Tisei, and the rest of the goofy GOP gang to the woodshed over their absurd call for the Attorney General to investigate some sort of nefarious quid pro quo between Deval Patrick and the Mass. Teachers Association.
See, the Gov is recommending that MA sign on to the national “Common Core” education standards. Now, whether we should adopt those standards (which maybe would mean ditching MCAS) is a complicated issue, and reasonable people can and do disagree on it. There are Republicans and Democrats on both sides of the issue.
Oh, but surely there is skullduggery afoot! Surely, no one would even consider adopting national standards without being paid off to do it! Thank heavens for Lt. Gov. wanna-be Richard Tisei.
Sen. Richard Tisei, Baker’s running mate and a candidate for lieutenant governor, called on Attorney General Martha Coakley to investigate any link between the endorsement and policy change.
Coakley, a Democrat, refused, and the teachers association labeled the charge “absurd.”
Which, of course, it is. Bernstein’s take on this whole thing is well worth reading.
This is such a ludicrous contention that I honestly thought I misunderstood it. But no.
An excellent start. And where is the teachers union on this issue, anyway?
I’ve checked with a few people who I believe would know, and they tell me that the MTA has no particular interest one way or another in whether the state adopts Common Core. Pretty much the only effect the change would have on teachers would be that some of them might have to adapt some slight changes to their curriculum — not something they usually lobby for, let alone base their endorsement on, above-board or in secret emails.
Seriously, does anybody think that A) Patrick needed to buy the MTA’s endorsement in this race, or that B) THIS would be the quo the MTA would demand?
And then, the coup de grâce:
As for evidence… Well, I asked the Baker-Tisei spokesperson whether the campaign was aware of any evidence of any kind of this alleged illegal collusion. I mean, Mr. Fiscally Prudent Charlie Baker wouldn’t be trying to waste the AG’s taxpayer-funded resources on an investigation based on absolutely nothing, right?
No, that’s exactly what he was doing. “It doesn’t pass the smell test,” I was told; “We want to make sure there wasn’t anything fishy going on.”
Glad to know that the next Governor will consider “the smell test” grounds for an AG investigation. Honestly, guys, I love everybody — but you make it awfully difficult sometimes.
It’s good to know that AG Coakley has better things to do. It’s troubling that the guys who want to run the state don’t.