Abolish local school districts (except for the 20 largest cities and the 50 states), advocates former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner in the Wall Street Journal. Then establish national standards for reading, math, science and social studies with a test to match. Gerstner also wants to set national standards for teacher certification, pay teachers based on their students’ performance and extend the school day and year.
Gerstner’s proposals would take the public out of public education, writes Deborah Meier on Bridging Differences.
Don’t link national standards to the abolition of local control, responds Flypaper.
The state of Hawaii is one big school district. As I understand it — Hawaiians, feel free to chime in — it hasn’t worked well.