MEDIA: What Education Journalists Should Be Doing
This could be a high point for education journalists – especially those in DC, Chicago, and the Bay Area. And yet there's a striking lack of any real education reporting ab0ut the current EdSec mystery going on in the papers and other outlets right now.
As far as we the public can tell, no one’s really scrutinizing the various claims made against Linda Darling Hammond, or her record on charters and accountability. How is she to work with? What has she done or not done outside of criticizing TFA? Even more troubling is that there’s been no in-depth examination of what Arne Duncan has and hasn’t accomplished with Chicago’s school system. Are test scores up? What kinds of innovation has come out of Chicago.
Do your jobs, reporters and editors. Bug someone who was on the working committee into talking to you, or report that they won’t. Track down Wendy Kopp and ask her straight out what she thinks about Darling-Hammond or Duncan (or Rhee, for that matter). Look up campaign donation records and tell us what you find. FOIA some shit. Sending out a few emails and rehashing tired claims or old speeches just doesn’t cut it.