There was a little too much speechifying and not enough informal talking at the latest DFER happy hour, but the drinks were free and the attendees were an interesting mix of current and former educationistas. LEFT: Some notables (pictured, left to right) included the DOE’s Laura Smith, school finance guru Kent Anker, and DFER’s Joe Williams. RIGHT: I also met Eddie Rodriguez, who just left the DOE to run an AP incentive program, and Christina Brown, who does charter school facilities stuff for Civic Builders, and Josh Greenman (not pictured), who writes editorials for the New York Daily News. I still don’t know exactly what DFER does, much less whether it will be of any influence in the current campaigns, but who knows? Money talks. These guys have money. Someday soon someone will get elected with DFER’s help.
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