Time Lists Bennet ’87 among 11 Educational Activists for 2011

Senator Michael Bennet '87

In a recent article in Time magazine, “Shaking Schools Up in an Already Tumultuous Year,” Andrew Rotherham writes: “With budget cuts looming, and with more states considering radical changes to teacher tenure and other important policies, 2011 looks to be a big year for education, for better or for worse.”

Rotherham singles out Michael Bennet ’87, U.S. senator from Colorado and 10 other educational activists for 2011, saying: “These activists are political and apolitical, working to change school systems from within and without, and can be found in the for-profit, nonprofit and governmental sectors.”

The article says “Bennet, who was Denver’s superintendent of schools before being appointed to fill a vacant Senate seat in 2009, beat the odds in November 2010 and won a full term. He’s tight with the President and has credibility with moderates in both parties. For these reasons, he’ll be a powerful force when the debate on teacher effectiveness and school accountability heats up in Congress.”

David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: dlow@wesleyan.edu