I’m worried that Duncan (and George Miller) is facing increasing pressure to spread the $4.3B Incentive fund around like political peanut butter. The skeptical side of me worries that it will be used to procure health care votes.
There’s not much of a constituency for real change and few states that could actually make good use of the funds; my current short list:
· FL: enough residual Bush leadership
· RI: Mayoral Academies are a breakthrough for new schools
· LA: Pastorek is the best and most aggressive state leader we have (interesting that he’s an outsider…)
· CO: strong leadership in Denver and from Lt. Gov
· NY: maybe Klein can apply for the state
· TX: lots of great charter development
· GA: Bev Hall has been a steady hand in Atlanta and BAEO President Gerard Robinson is now leading the state charter board
I’ve probably missed one, making 8 states ripe for change. There’s certainly not twice that many, but there will be increasing pressure to include three times that many in the Incentive fund.
Where have all the edu-Govs gone?
6/10: maybe Delaware is the missing 8th, see Business Week mention