Obama converted ed reformers’ ideas into a national governing platform, which masked their political weakness.
M. Night Shyamalan's Utterly Reasonable Take on School Reform
November 06, 2013
“I don’t see any dead people here,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said by way of an opening at the Washington, D.C., bookstore Politics & Prose Wednesday night. Matthews was holding a conversation with M.
Reforming Michelle Rhee
July 08, 2013
John DeBerry Jr., a veteran House member in Tennessee, has never been fond of fundraisers. Handshakes, not dollars, make the difference in his stretch of Memphis, where he has been campaigning the old-fashioned way for nearly 20 years.
How Michelle Rhee Misled Education Reform
May 20, 2013
"Michelle Rhee simply isn't interested in reasoning forward from evidence to conclusions: Conclusions are where she starts, which means her book cannot be trusted."
Atlanta's School Scandal Isn't Local
April 05, 2013
How the education reform movement's "no excuses" mantra leads to cheating.
Guest post by Thomas Toch Some school reformers said it would never happen. But after spending nearly two decades launching thousands of charter schools to challenge traditional public school systems, the Teach for America generation of social entrepreneurs who poured out of the nation’s best colleges bent on transforming urban education are now moving into leadership positions in the very school systems they sought to replace. Not surprisingly, they’re working hard to introduce a new performance-driven brand of public schooling into often-dysfunctional government bureaucracies.
It’s unlikely that Newt Gingrich will ever enact his plan to transform impoverished youth into salaried janitors, but 20 years ago, he did briefly manage to pay underprivileged kids for more edifying work. “Earning by Learning” (EBL), a literacy program that Gingrich founded in 1990, paid students two dollars per book to do their summer reading. At its height, the program was operating in at least 17 states.
Homophobia, Racism, and Bad Excuses
November 02, 2011
[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner] Several years ago, I was having dinner at a friend's house when there arose a discussion of Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington D.C.'s public schools. My friend had several young kids who attended district schools, and she was attempting to explain why so many of her fellow parents opposed Rhee. In essence, she said, people simply could not stand Rhee's attitude. They found her dismissive, condescending, and insensitive.
The New York Times’ profile of celebrated and embattled New York City Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, shows how getting things done in a democracy can be bad for your political future. Sadik-Khan has increased the amount of bike lanes by over 60 percent, removed cars from congested places like Herald and Times squares enabling them to become highly popular pedestrian zones, and cut traffic deaths to the lowest point in over a hundred years due to an intense attention to detail by her and her staff.
February 16, 2011
-- Is Michelle Rhee undermining education reform? -- Newt Gingrich, Inc. -- The fight between Wisconsin public sector unions and the newly-elected governor continues to heat up.