On this week’s Dropout Nation Podcast, RiShawn Biddle observes the politically craven behavior of politicians in Connecticut, Alabama, and Washington State, bending to the will of NEA and AFT affiliates — and challenges reformers to fully embrace politics. It will take more than crafting policies to force politicians fearful of teachers’ union influence to do what’s best for our children.

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