As Diane Ravitch reminds us, part of that "grace" would be pushing legislation and regulations that would greatly benefit education privatizers:
Lovely. No wonder Bowen was "graciously" in an open war with members of the Legislature, even as the big bucks flowed from the virtual charter industry. Bowen was also responsible for implementing a school evaluation system that essentially punishes schools that serve poor children.
Now Bowen is off to the Council of Chief State School Officers, which, at this point, has pretty much become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gates Foundation. Bill Gates himself told the CCSSO that more money for schools was off the table:
Gates goes on to explain to the CCSSO that "innovation" - in other words, more useless digital junk - will "save" education and prevent us from having to tax folks like him - the folks who benefit from the massive inequity and regressive taxation this country continues to suffer under.
Stephen Bowen pushed this digital crap in Maine for the same reason he's going to push it at the CCSSO: to keep us from confronting the truth that money does matter in education, and we have plenty of money if we're just willing to tax folks like Gates at pre-Reagan levels.
I'm not particularly hopeful, but maybe Maine will get a new education commissioner who's willing to at least openly discuss this state of affairs. Until we see who takes over, let's cross Stephen Bowen off the big board.
Two down, five and one-half to go...
My Chiefs are dropping like flies!