What are the Seven Ways Politicians Are Dumb about Schools? Jay Mathews has the list. His conclusion:
We have yet to elect any president, senator or member of Congress who has had a marked positive (or negative) impact on student achievement. Candidates for those offices will say they plan to rescue the education system because their polls say voters think this is important, but their promises are meaningless. Governors, as well as school board members, do have the power to make schools better, but very few have ever done so. Usually the best work is done by aggressive teachers and principals who know what they want and work very hard to get it, without ever asking anyone to vote for them
Governors and state legislators can make it easier or harder for principals and teachers to be effective. But they’re often dumb on the other six counts.