Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Take That, Arne Duncan

I am sure there will be shitty parts of the proposed reauthorization of ESEA, but anything that defangs the power of Duncan, who should have been run out of town to begin with, is an improvement.

Diane Ravitch:

What do I think? I would have been thrilled to see annual testing banished, but President Obama made clear he would veto any bill that did not include annual testing. The cascading sanctions of NCLB and Race to the Top are gone. There is no mention of portability of funds to nonpublic schools.

One may quibble with details, but the bottom line is that this bill defangs the U.S. Department of Education; it no longer will exert control over every school with mandates. This bill strips the status quo of federal power to ruin schools and the lives of children and educators.

Now the battle shifts to state legislatures, where parents can make their voices heard. This is a far better bill than I had hoped or feared.

She has read the proposal, so I will take her word for it.

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