School Reform Means Doing What’s Best for Kids, writes Education Secretary Arne Duncan in the Wall Street Journal.
We need solid, unimpeachable information that identifies what’s working and what’s not working in our schools.
The Obama administration will fund “what works,” he writes. They’ll follow the data where ever it leads.
Unless vouchers, bane of the teachers’ unions, are involved. writes George Will. After Democrats voted to effectively defund Washington, D.C.’s voucher program, Duncan’s Education Department tried to bury the release of a “congressionally mandated study showing that, measured by student improvement and parental satisfaction, the District’s program works,” Will charges.
The department could not suppress the Heritage Foundation’s report that 38 percent of members of Congress sent or are sending their children to private schools.
The Senate voted 58 to 39 to kill the program. Heritage reports that if the senators who have exercised their ability to choose private schools had voted to continue the program that allows less-privileged parents to make that choice for their children, the program would have been preserved.
The Washington Post editorially piles on Duncan, who admits he moved to Arlington, Virginia because he didn’t want to “jeopardize my own children’s education.”
Jay P. Greene wraps up the criticism of Duncan and the Dems.