You wanted predictions? You got 'em:
Rebounding from a 70 percent funding cut in FY2008, Reading First will rise again, becoming one of the largest and most widely-lauded federal education programs of all time. The creators of DIBELS will receive a 2008 MacArthur "genius" grant for their work.
Plagued by scandal and questions about effectiveness and lawmakers' willingness to pay decent wages to caregivers, universal preschool (UPK) will fall by the wayside as a popular issue. Little children will once again be left alone to watch TV in aunty's living room while their parents are at work all day.
Elite private schools will begin to spin off new, free versions of themselves as public charter schools in order to serve students from all backgrounds. Charter school organizations such as KIPP and Green Dot protest loudly unfair competition.
Thanks to a new 12-step program created by the Poynter Institute (and a powerful new form of crystal meth), education reporters and newspapers free themselves from annoying human interest anecdotes tacked onto the start of their articles, "find-the-exception" stories, stories based almost entirely on classroom teachers' complaints, and -- through a special Knight-funded 28 day residential program -- the use of headlines that use the phrase "left behind."
NCLB will be reauthorized, largely intact, in June, following surprise
endorsements by Jonathan Kozol and former NCLB supporter/opponent Mike
Petrilli. The NEA and AFT will block a last-minute effort to tack on a class size reduction amendment.
Ohio lawmaker Dennis Kucinich will leap to the front of the Democratic field, largely
based on his pledge to use Pentagon spending for education purposes. His surprise choice for VP, longtime Bush ally Margaret Spellings, will propose a radical new plan to give every child in the nation access to the same education that Capitol Hill pages receive.
Inspired by a particularly moving episode of The Wire they saw on Netflix during Christmas, thousands of over-educated education researchers, reformers, advocates, analysts, journalists, bloggers and pundits will suddenly realize that what they're doing isn't really making a difference and apply to start schools and become classroom teachers. Much to the consternation of current teachers and administrators.
Bought by media giant Viacom for an undisclosed amount, This Week In Education will be lauded for its wise, thoughtful, and transformative observations and in November inch past the Huffington Post in daily readership. A month later, its creator will be arrested on charges of tax evasion and impersonating someone who works for a living.