Forget the D.C. pipedreams; from Utah to Maine, states showed their smarts this week
February 15, 2012
Obama's education budget proposal would boost
federal spending, double down on Race to the Top, and create the
RESPECT Project (seriously), a new $5
billion competitive grant program aimed at spurring states to reform
teacher policies. The new competition has some appealing goals—tenure
reform, pay-for-performance—but in the current budget crunch it’s
politically DOA. Does all this posturing hint that the President gearing
up to run
waivers may yet backfire. Maine and New Hampshire have
already decided that the feds' hoops aren't worth the hassle and abandoned their
application plans; how many others will
- A Chicago charter
network is taking heat for collecting almost $400 grand over the last
couple years by fining
students for behavioral infractions. To which we say: So what?
Everyone in the school is there voluntarily, it’s got a great reputation
for a strong culture, it’s under-funded by the state and city, and its
academic results are stellar. Go find some other problem to solve.
in several states are seriously considering holding back third-graders who can't pass state tests.
More than a decade after Florida
demonstrated the positive impact of such a policy, it’s about time.
Center released its annual
report on American education this morning; it was chockfull of
provocative findings, including challenging
the likely efficacy of the Common Core. If its author, Tom Loveless,
wants to argue that standards alone won’t lead to increased student
achievement, we’ll join right along with him. (Duh!) But as we’ll explain
in more detail next week, rigorous standards are an essential building
block for a comprehensive system of reform.
legislature is considering a bill that would tie secondary education
funding to the student, not the school. This is exactly the kind of forward-thinking
school finance structure needed to meet 21st-century student needs.
Dilly-dallying with pilot programs would be a disappointment; here’s hoping the
Beehive State goes big and creates a national
model for school finance reform.