Flypaper’s Education Reform-0-Meter, which started with a “warm” welcome for Arne Duncan as education secretary, is getting colder.
Senate Democrats have stripped the reformist provisions from the education portion of the House stimulus bill.
The Teacher Incentive Fund (which supports merit pay programs): gone. Charter school facilities dollars: gone. Money for data infrastructure projects: gone. Language ensuring that charter schools have equitable access to the money: gone. The teachers unions firmly in control of the Democratic Party: back with a vengeance.
Where is Obama? We shall see how strongly he’ll back education reform.