But do NOT think the corporate education reformers are not pouring money into California’s elections in an attempt to take over the state and then force their agenda down the same path in California that most of the country is suffering from.
A perfect example is a special election that will be held in the district where I live in California. I wrote about that May 19th election here:
Evidence of a Corporate Reformer Pretending to be something he isn’t
Jeff Bryant, one of the narion’s most sensible commentators in education, describes the chaos that NCLB and Race to the Top have unleashed on schools. Matters have been made worse by battles over Commin Core and the reaction against Common Core testing.
One state seems to be navigating these treacherous waters: California, this far with minimal turmoil.
Bryant interviews veteran educator and former state superintendent Bill Honig about California’s path. (Note: Bill has been a good friend of mine since the mid-1980s, when he invited me to participate in rewriting the state’s history-social sciences curriculum, a document that remains in use).
“Instead of taking massive budget cuts to public schools, California is flowing more money into schools and has taken steps to ensure school funding is more equitable. Instead of tormenting teachers with shoddy evaluations, many California school principals are resisting the policy of using standardized test scores…
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