Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Senator Flake Comes of Age: An Open Letter

Dear Senator Jeff Flake:

Back in about 2000 when you were running for your seat in the Arizona House and you came to visit my colleague David Berliner and me in the Dean's Office at Arizona State University to lecture us on the infallibility of "market" control of public education, I wrote you off as a naive 38-year-old who would one day know better. Today, when you delivered your scathing and powerful denunciation of President Trump and his assault on truth and a free press, you finally came of age.

Your colleagues who condemn you and claim that you are only speaking out because you are not running in 2018 for a second term only draw attention to their own pusillanimity. Someday when this nightmare is over, you may run again; and I hope if you do, you will not forget how to speak truth to power.

Gene V Glass
Arizona State University
University of Colorado Boulder
National Education Policy Center
San José State University

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent the official position of the National Education Policy Center, Arizona State University, University of Colorado Boulder, nor San José State University.

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