Last week, Reed Hastings predicted the future. He suggested that elected school boards all regress to the mean and that it’s impossible to create continuity of leadership.
Denver had the most aggressive reform agenda of any district led by an elected board until yesterday when they began the regression to the mean. It happened to Jim Sweeny in Sacramento, Alan Bersin in San Diego, and now Tom Boasberg in Denver. It certainly doesn’t help Colorado’s RttT agenda.
It was not a great week for Democrats but it’s hard to know yet what it means for education. It is no accident that Obama was in Wisconsin talking about education the day after elections. Newly elected Gov Christie visited a charter school in Newark. The election was a boost for charters in NJ (where all the candidates jumped on the charter bus). Tom Carroll suggests it will be interesting watching Christie and Booker collaborate on the charter agenda. EduFlack speculates on the tricky RttT handoff.
The White House could use a win but I don’t think ESEA reauthorization got any easier. A few more congressional democrats are nervous this week about choice and accountability.
This administration has taken a tougher stance on basic union issues than any in modern times. While it’s true that ARRA saved education jobs, upcoming grant programs will cause big dislocations and reforms in how teachers are evaluated and compensated. Let’s hope we don’t see a regression to the mean.