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Monday, July 6, 2015
The Smart Way to do Education Reform
Andy Smarick has an interesting column in National Review Online this morning. From the piece:
"Count me among the conservatives who are riled up that the Obama administration has dramatically expanded the federal role in schools. Our longstanding understanding that local and state leaders should lead on K–12 education has been replaced by Secretary Arne Duncan’s belief in a bold federal agenda backed by a federal “sense of urgency.” As a result, we’ve had a bossy Uncle Sam insert himself into Common Core, common assessments, teacher evaluations, and much more. Conservative leaders understandably want to use the rewriting of ESEA to clip federal wings. But conservatives should guard against the impulse to overcorrect — to remove any semblance of a federal role in ensuring that billions in federal taxpayer dollars actually generate better results."
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420770/nclb-keep-what-works