Dems divide on education windfall

The $100 billion windfall for education in the stimulus bill may divide Democrats, writes Richard Lee Colvin in Education Next.

One side (of the party) backs strong accountability through reforms such as performance pay for teachers and more support for model charter schools that practice longer school days and longer school years. The other side looks to augment the current system with more support programs such pre-kindergarten, afterschool and summer programs.

Obama thinks there’s enough money to “do it all,” as he promised in a September speech. But there’s enough money.

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  1. It’s nice to see this fracture line in the Democratic party yawning wider and becoming harder to ignore. I wonder to what extent the NEA is eyeing this development and what plans they have to either try to heal it or crush it?

    The problem is, of course, that there’s a genuine constituency that’s forming around the idea of education reform that’s something other then eyewash. Since in politics all things are related, it’s hard to know how far this schism might run and how deeply it might impact the Democratic party.

    After all, once you’ve displayed a willingness to listen to education apostasy there’s no telling what you might be willing to listen too.