piece in today's Wall Street Journal digs deep into the history of the
Chicago Annenberg Challenge to try and figure out how close was the
association between Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, and indeed unearths
some new documentation that no one else has gotten to (ie, minutes and
records from CAC board meetings).
But the paper's findings don't seem to me to be so startling or upsetting as the paper would make it seem (Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism on Schools).
We already know that Obama and Ayers overlapped working on the
project. We already know what the CAC did: hand money out to
community and education groups.
Sure, the Obama campaign may have downplayed the association. Shame
on them. But nothing "radical" came of the Chicago Annenberg
Challenge. The Challenge gave money to education and community groups
but failed to transform CPS in any wide or lasting way. For my 2001
chapter on how the Challenge evolved in Chicago, click here: From Frontline Leader to Rearguard Action (Fordham Foundation).
Cross-posted from TWIE
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