Suddenly a big news day.
In New Jersey state ed chief Brett Schundler has been fired by the governor over this budget issue with Race to the Top. Wow. Given how Governor Christie has treated Schundler throughout this process good luck finding someone strong for that position. And, given that Schundler was a favorite of the school choice crowd, what’s the fallout there?
Sad news from Kentucky, Robert Sexton has died. He headed the Prichard Committee, arguably the prototypical state education advocacy organization. As a result he was instrumental in key education policy battles around standards and finance among other issues.
A lot of jaws dropped over this story in The Washington Post today. Legitimate issue but the Post came down hard one way and didn’t caveat things. Were they just mimicking The Times and their stories on the gaps there? In any event, at TNR Jon Chait cuts to the chase. Save yourself some time and read that.
TNTP continues to hit the cover off the ball. And it’s a scandal that the citizens of D.C. don’t have a better public university. The new rankings of dropout factories also, again, illustrate that profit – non-profit is not an especially useful quality delineation in our field right now.