Not a lot about education in the President’s speech last night…we always get short shrift! Ha ha.
Anyway, there is a big education implication coming out of the new policy. Namely, if the President has the left upset over his Afghanistan policy, left and center upset for different reasons about health care reform, and the left only lukewarm, at best, on his education policies then what gets thrown under the political bus when/if the political going gets really tough in 2010? Hint: It is not the two that people actually vote on in national elections. In practice that means policies that don’t sit well with suburban voters (for instance accountability policies that reflect the underachievement of kids of color in suburban schools) or that are disliked by education special interest groups (where do you even start on that list) could face a hard time.