It's twenty minutes into his speech, and Cory Booker is finally starting to talk education. He describes walking into excellent charter schools in Newark--Northstar, KIPP--and seeing "what's possible."
Now he's describing walking around Newark, asking parents where the "good education" is. Their answers are sophisticated. They know, they all know. He decries what "our Democratic party does too often, the 'infantalization' of poor people, thinking they don't know what's best for them." Provocative!
And...the education discussion is over.
As is the conference, save for more networking. That marks the end of our liveblogging. To recap: there was more talk about the "stuff" of education than I expected, though still not a lot; and nobody (as far as I heard) talked about the crisis in Catholic schools. That's a lost opportunity. Maybe next year.
UPDATE: Booker got a standing ovation nonetheless.