Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.
The connective tissue of our nation is under assault. Rather than inviting our children into public spaces to learn, we are setting up mechanisms for families to isolate their children in settings that share only their particular view of society.
If we don't fix education -- politicians and pundits proclaim -- we are in for big trouble. News flash: We're already in big trouble. We don't have an education problem in America. We have a social disease.
Fear of litigation is always a major concern when a state considers whether to pass a choice program, though typically the fear is that the lawsuit will come from within the state, not the federal government.
While I've traveled abroad before, I have never spent so much time in one place. After two months, one gets a sense of a country's people, culture, and politics and you learn some surprising things about your own.
The working conditions for teachers in North Carolina have become untenable. On Facebook and Twitter, I am inundated with updates from my home state, pleas from fellow North Carolina Teaching Fellow alumni about their bottom-of-the-barrel pay and their worthless Master's degrees.
Lawyers who designed the neovoucher approach were doing what lawyers are hired to do: to find a work-around that will allow their clients to follow a desired path notwithstanding a law intended to block that path.
A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.