Tag Archive: State of the Union

Snapshot: Bonnie Watson Coleman at SOTU

This imperfect snapshot of a perfect moment.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), sworn into office exactly two weeks ago, greeted by the President of the United States at the State of the Union. Not for nothing, but first black president and first black woman we ever sent to Congress from NJ. Thanks to BWC’s chief of staff James Gee for texting it just now.

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For what BWC had to say about tonight’s SOTU, jump to the jump page.  

The White House Social Media Open House

On Wednesday, January 29th the White House is opening their social media doors to answer our questions in real time.

As described on the White House Blog

“On Wednesday, January 29th, with a nod to history (and maybe the TV show the West Wing), the Obama Administration is hosting the first-ever virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day”, during which dozens of White House officials will take to social media for a day long open house to answers questions from everyday Americans in real-time on TwitterFacebookTumblrInstagram, and via Google+Hangout.  You can start asking questions now using#AsktheWH.

This is an opportunity for all of us. I am sure the BJ community has plenty of ideas. Share what you will ask here and if you get an answer.

I will be asking about public education – in particular the controversies over high stakes testing that were snuck it as part of the Common Core State Standards. But mostly I want the President to know that his public education policies need to be redirected away from the market model and back into a social contract that truly invests in the public part of education.