The National Journal blog focused on the world’s worst idea last week–Obey’s midnight robbery of the most important edreform grant ever is a terrible idea and a false choice. My take below. Other posts worth reading: Ariela Rosman, Delia Pompa, Sandy Kress, Arthur Rothkopf, and Checker.
RttT has produced more policy reform in 6 months than we’ve seen in a decade. It would be a real loss to drop four of the bubble states (like FL, LA, NC, NY, MD, CO), they all have plans that deserve funding. We finally have a chance to get a critical mass of states with the infrastructure of reform–standards, assessment, data, accountability, choice and performance-based employment. Killing the effort before they get started would be giving up a once in a generation chance.
This was a false choice and a dumb choice by the House but not likely to be repeated by the Senate or supported by the President.
And if you haven’t read it by now, this is also a great article in Newsweek about how Congress continues to muddle up the education reform big picture.