On this week’s Dropout Nation Podcast, Editor RiShawn Biddle observes the political stalemate over reform in Washington State — along with the battle between reformer Nick Hanauer and the National Education Association’s local there — and explains why school reformers must be more aggressive in political advocacy. With NEA and AFT affiliates fighting harder against teacher quality overhauls, the expansion of school choice, and Parent Trigger laws, reformers must take reach across to politicians on the other side, and embrace traditional political tactics in order to beat back the opposition.

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