'Twas the day before the State of the Union, and all through the House, not an educator was stirring, not even a teacher union louse...
We shall see tomorrow night, but this is already looking to be the Year of the Education Governor. With NCLB being pummeled from left and right
and Race to the Top in suspended inanimation, the feds seem unusually quiet, if
not on the run.
In an essay this morning in The
Williams, who is hosting a new video documentary about how Chicago mayor
Rahm Emanuel is “risking his political life by fighting the city’s teachers’
union to improve schools,” says “there is little urgency [about education
reform] in the halls of Congress.”
And New York Times education columnist Michael
Winerip, also this morning, calls attention to the incredibly difficult
work of figuring out how to evaluate the 175,000 teachers in New York State,
79 percent of the state's total teacher population, who will be subject to the new RTTT-driven
rules. He points out that the state education department, its budget slashed by
40 percent in the last few years, won’t be able to do much, according to state
commissioner John King, except “provide guidance and models.” Concludes
Winerip, “the ultimate responsibility for monitoring would be left to
principals, superintendents and school boards.”
Kathleen explored the
implementation challenges for the Common Core last...