Kevin Huffman turns in a great column on Race to the Top. He’s right to single out Louisiana. Their application* (and a few others) combine ambitious ideas, real plans for implementation, and an integrated strategy.
Also in theWaPo today, Kevin alludes to the “controversy” over Secretary Duncan’s remarks about New Orleans schools and Katrina. But to have a controversy don’t you have to have some credible people really upset? In this case everyone the Wash Post talked to (or at least cited) supported Duncan’s take, which isn’t surprising since it’s a pretty common sentiment in the city. Duncan isn’t offering any sort of cost-benefit argument, you’re hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t appreciate the horror of the storm and its aftermath. The point is that one outcome is an intense focus on improving the city’s previously catastrophically bad schools.
*Disc-Like Kevin I worked as a thought partner with a number of states, including Louisiana, to help them prepare their applications but have no stake in any particular outcome.