Now that Retread's resigned, we're stuck with someone far worse: a governor who's firmly in the pocket of the OEA. You can bet they'll be pouring heavy cash into a reelection bid. And for all of his other faults, one thing that Retread appeared to recognize is the fact that a large part of the problem with education in Oregon lies squarely with the Teachers Union.
Before John Kitzhaber resigned last month, he had hoped to force a major confrontation with the Oregon Education Association in the 2015 legislative session.
Kitzhaber’s plan, outlined in some of the thousands of emails his office sought to delete from state servers on Feb. 5., is part of a larger narrative about the tensions between the former Democratic governor and one of the most powerful groups in Salem.
In that sense, it's too bad that he was forced out before he could act. He might have actually been able to accomplish something For The Children™. Kate Brown never will.