You see, Democrats for Education Reform are a group of Democrats that realized there can be no meaningful progress on education if the union dictates education policy. Yes, the Nevada State Education Association literally writes the education bills for the Nevada State Democrats. Not kidding. The union does SOME great things for teachers (SOME!!!). But that's it! The unions job is to protect teachers, not students. In fact, many policies the union supports actually harms students. This is why I repeatedly state that K-12 education is about funding jobs for adults, not educating students.
Several key members of Democrats for Education Reform support tearing down the "Pillars of Mediocrity" which includes tenure, lock-step pay, and seniority (they are also joined by Brookings Institution, the Center for American Progress and dozens upon dozens of respected academics). These policies tend to discourage great teachers from staying in- or joining the profession, while also encouraging the worst teachers to stick around longer than anyone would like.
Just check out a few of the DFER policies:
This sounds EXACTLY like my series on expanding the empowerment school program (I wrote a bill on this called SB 196 but unfortunately most of the above provisions were stripped out by Nevada Democrats in committee).
Independent thinker wanted...preferably a registered Democrat
On a side note, someone expressed interest in having yours truly lead the Democrats for Education Reform Nevada chapter since I'm not a Republican and on board with much of the DFER platform (I'm a registered independent and have been so since turning 18. I, however, consider myself a classical liberal and little "l" libertarian). I turned down the offer on the grounds that working for NPRI "ruined my brand" as far as mainstream Democrats would be concerned. I suggested to these individuals we need to find real Democrats who understand the education reform research and are willing to question the union's motives.
These Democrats do exist....believe me. If you know one, let me know.