In order to have trust in the judgment of leaders in any system, they must establish some credibility in the face of facts.
Of course, if the "school reform" mania reaches higher education, then the next step in the destruction of public education will be to tie funding to college graduation rates.
If "fiscal responsibility" means fewer teachers, larger classes, less resources and narrowing the curriculum, then I wonder what "fiscal irresponsibility" could be.
I would like to offer my own modest proposal to not just balance the budget but eliminate the deficit, not in ten years, or even five years, but in two at the most.
If we compare the history of the labor movement in other industrialized countries with our own, one salient fact stands out in explaining the United States' "exceptionalism."