Keep an eye on this No Child waiver/AMO target issue in Virginia. The Legislative Black Caucus is now speaking out about the different expectations for minority children* and disability groups getting fired up as well. It’s a vivid illustration of the belief system that underlies a lot of educational policy decisions and at a minimum seems to argue for at least giving parents the ability to send their kids to schools where people believe they can learn at high levels. Not a great moment for the Administration either.
Joel Klein argues for a private sector role in education. Our national education conversation is so vitriolic and as Joel points out these days so full of knee-jerk nonsense about for-profits that we can’t have a sensible conversation about where all three sectors – public, non-profit, and for-profit – can and should play a role and the various strengths and weaknesses of each.
Hope Street Group – who just landed Daniel Cruce from Delaware to lead their education work – has a new “playbook” out to help policymakers and educators think about how to design teacher evaluation systems.
*Update: VA Coverage w/o a firewall here.