A few items from this morning’s news:
- Adrian Fenty loses the Democratic mayoral primary in D.C., spelling likely doom for schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
- Hundreds of angry L.A. teachers stage a protest outside the Los Angeles Times building, decrying release of a “value-added” database of teacher performance.
- Bill Perkins, a strongly anti-charter school New York state senator, cruises to a landslide primary victory in his Harlem district.
A friend who works full-time on education reform issues told me last week, his voice full of confidence, that the strong push-back against Obama-Duncan reforms is nothing more than the desperate flailing of a mortally wounded beast. “They know they’re losing,” he said.
I’m not so sure. This is starting to look more like the pendulum swinging back in what I view as the wrong direction. My biggest issue with these latest developments is that while it is good to see unions and “reform” critics full of passion and energy, most of it is negatively charged. I’m still waiting to hear specific, affirmative plans for what they would put in place instead of the proposed reforms we’ve been debating and pushing over the last several years.
I have heard a lot about what is wrong with our current direction. Some of the criticism strikes me as legitimate. Now let’s hear some specifics suggestions about what to do instead. And by specific suggestions I do not mean vague platitudes couched in angry rhetoric.
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