More Stimulus? Some Say “Bah Humbug”

Even amidst the RtTT scramble, it’s important to remember that plenty of folks are making coherent arguments for why the education stimulus – both the competitive and non-competitive portions – is not an unmitigated good.  Mike Petrilli turns in a must-read in that genre on the Flypaper blog.

I’m not nearly as pessimistic, but I definitely agree that doing anything “across the board” is probably a recipe for maintaining the status quo.  That’s why we’ve been pushing for states to target the enhanced school improvement grants at dramatic – even radical – interventions, as opposed to filling gaps.  Otherwise it’s just a “keep doing what doesn’t work” fund.  That said, I think that getting a few exciting, scalable examples out of enhanced funds is a deal worth making.

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