January 25, 2012 | Posted At: 08:52 AM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: Campaign 2012 , Media Watch , NCLB News , Obama Administration , On Capitol Hill
SOTU 2012: Let's Not Make To Much Of This
valiant Chester Upland teachers who's working without pay was sitting with the First Lady. Classroom teachers, the President has not forgotten you. (Also sitting with the First Lady was a recently-homeless Siemens Science contest winner and a rising TFA corps member from Colorado.) The President asserted the oft-made [but misleading, I think] claim that the Race To The Top competition resulted in changes in nearly every state's education laws for very little money. (The spreadsheet showing the state changes illustrates the minimal, preliminary nature of many of the states' legislative changes made in hopes of winning the federal funding. NPR's Claudio Sanchez notes that even those who won the money are struggling to make good on their promises.) The President called for an end to teacher-bashing, which seems like a decent and politically smart thing to do, at the same time he bragged about moving responsibility for education back to the states (via NCLB waivers), which I see as a politically smart move that's problematic at a substantive level. (I'm not alone in worrying about the NCLB waiver process -- several civil rights, disability, and minority groups are opposed to the accountability rollbacks in state waiver plans.) I'll stop there -- what did you think, or did you not bother?