Serving as field marshals for large-scale policy change is the proper role of advocates, whose interests do not always coincide with those of entrepreneurs. Indeed, advocacy groups are typically tone-deaf to some challenges facing entrepreneurs—such as the need for human capital, better R&D, increased access to venture capital, back-office services, and incubation—and are thus unhelpful at cultivating the full set of reforms that might help entrepreneurial ventures to prosper. If advocacy organizations wish to pave the way for more entrepreneurial activity, they need to attend to such issues.
Under Duncan’s leadership, Chicago has been at the forefront of school restructuring and improving teacher quality.The school restructuring miracle was a glitzy PR campaign waged by Chicago's corporate elite, as described by George Schmidt and Substance News. The "teacher quality" improvement resulted in the recent lawsuit filed by African American teachers in Chicago. DFER will eagerly play the role of pushing market mechanisms for the neoliberal school reform movement based on efficiency, charter schools, high-stakes testing, and common standards. We'll innovate our way out of this, open up more entrepreneurship opportunities, and have more competition; high-stakes testing and No Child Left Behind are here to stay; and Washington will continue to ignore poverty and social injustice. In this day and age, this is the "progressive" agenda.