National Journal’s Education Experts tackle a new question: Should Sen. Tom Harkin’s $23 billion education jobs bill, designed to prevent teacher lay-offs, be linked to changes in teacher tenure and seniority rules?
Sen. Harkin says, “When a house is burning, first you put out the fire – then you talk about reforms.”
That’s mostly smoke, responds Mike Antonucci, who notes schools have hired one new teacher for every four new students in the last decade.
Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier want the feds to stop pushing reforms of dubious quality on the states.
Rick Hess, Andrew Rotherham, Tom Vander Ark say: No more money for more of the same.