First, let me apologize for several days of radio silence. Hurricane Sandy delayed our return to New York City by a week (but my, we dodged a bullet by scheduling our weekend getaway to Utah for October 24-28!). My husband is back teaching at NYU law school for the semester; I’m hauling across the country in my Jeep with two dogs who spent a blissful fall in Grover, Utah. Anyway, greetings from Huntington, West Virginia.
Election night brought mixed news for would be education reformers. Indiana’s hard-charging school superintendent was kicked out. Washington state is finally allowing charter schools in. Idaho and South Dakota voters rejected several big education changes; Georgia voters approved a state-wide charter authorizer. Efforts to expand collective bargaining lost in Michigan; efforts to end automatic union dues deductions lost in California. There’s no clear pattern here, other than the mantra I would repeat to my government students every year: Local issues still drive politics in America.
I guess I have the same hope for education that I have for every other policy issue. Let’s find some common ground and get moving, together. Please. I find it hard to believe that voters are widely satisfied with the status quo, but I don’t see much consensus emerging about how education can or should be transformed, either.
Here are a few post election reports.
From the Education Gadfly:
From Education Week:
From Rick Hess’s blog: