Obama alums join anti teachers union case
Teachers unions are girding for a tough fight to defend tenure laws against a coming blitz of lawsuits—and an all-out public relations campaign led by former aides to President Barack Obama. The Incite Agency, founded by former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and former Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, will lead a national public relations drive to support a series of lawsuits aimed at challenging tenure, seniority and other job protections that teachers unions have defended ferociously. LaBolt and another former Obama aide, Jon Jones—the first digital strategist of the 2008 campaign—will take the lead in the public relations initiative. The involvement of such high-profile Obama alumni highlights the sharp schism within the Democratic Party over education “reform.” Politico, 6-24-14.