Wishful Thinking About Obama
It feels to me like there's at least a little bit of wishful thinking in Bruce Fuller's post about Barack Obama in the New York Times (Right About Education). In particular, Fuller seems to think that Obama would abandon much of the accountability and testing regimen of NCLB in favor of new programs, controlled charter school expansion, and early childhood education. Obama has become notoriously hard to read on issues that divide his supporters -- his campaign famously announced that Obama approves of both the Broader Bolder agenda AND the Education Equity Project. But I don't think dismantling the "top-down" standards and accountability system is what Obama wants to do -- or what's going to happen. For starters, neither charter accountability, nor performance pay work without them.