Also, What’s in the H2O in CO?

Quick tangent, re: my post below.  That EdWeek piece on the jobs bill situation illustrates just how much of a hotbed Colorado is for education reform.  Folks who live and breathe the “inside baseball” of education reform see this, and it’s great that the voices of Congressman Polis (D-CO) and Senator Bennet (D-CO) are starting to resonate nationally on education issues.  But it doesn’t stop there, as CO State Sen Mike Johnston’s teacher bill was probably the most exciting pre-RtTT legislative change, and State Education Commissioner Jones is one of the most reform-minded state chiefs in the country.  Just thought it was worth observing …

One Response to Also, What’s in the H2O in CO?

  1. john thompson says:

    So you could characterize Polis and Bennet as “moderates” and “reformers.” Following the same logic, it would be equally accurate to say they are “bringing home the bacon” to Colorado which is well positioned for RttT money. These innovations may or may not work. But overall, we’re spending billions for computer systems, contractors, consultants, and theoies, and pennies to directly support kids. Those experiments may or may not work. But it is deeply offnesive to characterize “reformers” as being in it “for the kids,” when clearly they are just as much special interest groups as anyone.

    Words should have meanings, and the real moderate position here is Obey’s.

    All I ask is equal space for both sides of the story.

    Besides, stimulus is about stimulus. Jobs-savings programs are designed to stabilize and stimulate spending. Innovations (that may or may not make sense) are supposed to address longterm structural growth. In good times, we can afford bigger gambles. In bad times its prudent to cut them back. In deciding how much to invest in experiements, we need evidence-based debates, not just spin. The evidence for these reforms from the beginning was scarce. Now the evidence that systems enduring cutbacks, during a recession, can properly invest so much money is even less believable. Common sense says that this is the time to slow down reform initiatives.

    As I keep asking, shouldn’t this be obvious to the authors of The Turnaround Challenge?

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