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The flip side of the education reform coin

by: Eric B.

Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 13:44:48 PM EST

So, we've already gone through how the education reforms being discussed right now in the Legislature undermine community, but incentivizing a thought process that puts personal gain ahead of everything else.

Today, we get the other side, that it primarily benefits children of people like benevolent overlord Rick Michigan to the detriment of kids whose parents don't have his financial resources.

The legislation proposed to codify the Education Achievement Authority (HB6004 and SB1358) is a prime example of untested and unproven reform. While we all hope the Education Achievement Authority is wildly successful in improving the lives of students in the 15 schools it operates, it has a track record of fewer than three months.

It also has an achievement strategy severely questioned in the previous district of Chancellor Covington, where his instructional methodologies were abandoned when the district lost accreditation following his departure.

In addition, are we concerned at the proposals forwarded by the Oxford Foundation for school funding and the accompanying policy legislation, HB5923.

These proposals are founded in school choice and make no mention of quality or demand a track record of success. If school choice were the answer, Michigan would lead the nation in achievement because it has been a leader in choice for nearly two decades.

You can put this in the same file as "tax cuts for the wealthy generate more revenue and greater economic activity," and label it Zombie Rightwing Ideas. They're ideas that the right keeps pushing, contrary to the available evidence. The less they work, the harder conservatives push them.

Eric B. :: The flip side of the education reform coin
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