Too many state leaders are still failing to do what they can to put laws to work in the best interest of kids. They boast of "sound processes," "collaboration," and various interpretations of law. They avoid the "fierce urgency of now" when making decisions.
Having stayed out of the fray for several months, I've gained some perspective on the flashpoints that have been dominating the ed reform debate. From a freshly detached point of view, a few things seem clear to me.
Efforts by Rick Perry and others to undo the separation of church and state, meant to appeal to religious conservatives, are alienating a potentially large group of moderate voters who often have a decisive role in elections in presidential years.
When I hear that AT&T and Verizon are key players with other multinationals and Republican legislators in a so-far obscure group that advances corporate interests and undermines ours, my thoughts turn...shall we say, vehement.
The voucher program signed into Indiana law today will not only expand state control over schools by requiring adherence to a single curriculum, it will also cut into the market for non-accredited schools.