Though there was a recent article by Mike Petrilli about how people on Twitter generally only ‘follow’ people who they agree with, I try to follow a few ‘reformers’ to stay on top of what is going on. So I follow Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst, John White, and others. I’ve only been blocked once, to my knowledge by a low ranking TFA recruiter. One person I follow is Chris Barbic, superintendent of the Achievement School District (ASD) in Tennessee. I was once pretty good friends with Chris and even wrote him one of my open letters.
The ‘reformers’ generally communicate with each other via e-mail, but I suppose there are times where the message needs to get out quickly and in that case they use a public forum to send a secret message on Twitter.
I intercepted one such message, which promptly disappeared. Fortunately I saved it and am working through various encryption patterns to try to decipher this.
I haven’t cracked this yet, but I’ll admit that I am frightened. There are two very clear references to ‘Race To The Top’ (RttT) and the puzzling ‘Retrordfrefxz,’ which I think might have something to do with counseling low scoring students out of charter schools. If there is anyone out there who is skilled in cryptoanalysis, please let me know what you can make of this.
Until this message is cracked, the ‘Danger In Ed Reform’ thermometer will be at ‘elevated.’