February 14, 2007


'No Child' Commission Presents Ambitious Plan (Amit R. Paley, 2/14/07, Washington Post)

The 230-page bipartisan report, perhaps the most detailed blueprint sent to Congress thus far as it considers renewal of the federal education law, also proposes sanctions for teachers with poorly performing students and the creation of new national standards and tests.

The recommendations from the Commission on No Child Left Behind underscore that the emerging debate over the law is not over whether it will continue, but rather over how much it will be expanded and modified. Even the panel's leaders acknowledged that their proposal is more sweeping than many politicians had expected or wanted.

"You're never going to hit a home run unless you swing for the fences, and this is swinging for the fences" said Tommy G. Thompson, a former secretary of health and human services in the Bush administration and a former governor of Wisconsin. Thompson, a Republican who is weighing a run for president, co-chaired the commission with former Georgia governor Roy E. Barnes, a Democrat.

Universal vouchers depend on a 100% failure rate for the current system.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2007 12:00 AM

oj. I'm confused. Haven't you been saying that the public schools are very good and parents are very satisfied with them????

Posted by: erp at February 14, 2007 5:41 PM

Yes, that's why NCLB finds ridiculous ways to consider them to be failing, like not teaching retarded kids Calculus.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2007 8:55 PM

Is this a good thing?

Posted by: erp at February 15, 2007 10:33 AM

How else are you going to get the white middle class to allow black kids into their schools en masse?

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2007 12:18 PM

Black & white middle class types live in the same neighborhoods now throughout our great land. It's only in Vermont and New Hampshire that the middle class is still mostly all white.

Posted by: erp at February 15, 2007 3:46 PM

The black middle class doesn't want them either.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2007 5:26 PM

So then, what's the problem?

Posted by: erp at February 16, 2007 9:19 AM