Reformers often face the same set of choices. But consistently ignoring public sentiment is not a viable long-term strategy; we can win a few rounds this way, but the changes we secure won't be lasting.
Movement between the education sector (as they call it) and the giant corporations is another ownership society hallmark. If it sounds reminiscent of the military-industrial complex, you're on the right track.
Many educators view Black's appointment as a perpetuation of the trend to manage large school systems via a business model. This tactic is met with contention because corporate objectives are starkly different than those of public education.
Klein proved to be America's best example of an urban system head committed to 'the good school promise.' Joel had the courage to close struggling schools and open new schools (and the good fortune to work for a mayor that supported him).