Boston Globe reports on some middle school students covering the convention for their school newspaper.
And, from an anti-NCLB ad in the Globe:
Passed by a bipartisan vote, NCLB will close the majority of American elementary schools, or will allow them to be taken over by the state or profit-making businesses. NCLB. . .
*Shifts control of most aspects of education from states to Washington ideologues
*Drives students and teachers out of schools and encourages lying about the facts
*Limits and proscribes educational research
*Bases all decision-making on test scores
*Labels effective schools as failing and effective teachers as unqualified
*Controls who may teach and how they teach
*Mandates archaic methods and materials
*Uses blacklists to banish professionals, institutions, methods, and books
*Punishes diversity in schools
Well, they got one right. It apparently does encourage lying about the facts.
Who paid for this ad anyway? Can’t be cheap in the convention supplement. That sounds like a good question for Ed Week’s reporter on the scene to look into…seemingly more interesting than buttons…
Update: Turns out, according to a reliable source, that the ad only cost about $11K, which is, almost, chump change. In fact, by Eduwonk’s rough estimate it’s only about $733 per falsehood — a real bargain in today’s economy! Anyway, forget the previous question.