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The difference between a tsunami and water rationing
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on June 4, 2010|
|It's true that public schools are being hit hard financially as well as politically. And its true that the general economic meltdown will have long-lasting consequences for all public services. But the thing about a tsunami is that the water recedes and the sea goes back to "normal." The current situation in el-hi is the "new normal."|
The thing is the insensitive indicator of instructional accomplishments and prevailing research methodology are highly likely to show "no impact" for any cost-cutting matters like increasing class size, reducing the length of the school year, or putting a lid on salary increases. The tests and methodology were unable to identify any effects of the cost increases over the years. There is no reason to expect that they will be able to identify the effects of any cost cuts.
The tsunami is the Race to the Top in which the States are "competing" for marginal federal funds. The funds are temporary, and what is being pitched as "reforms" are very costly. Publishers are salivating at the opportunity to "partner" with schools to "help" them make all high school kids "college and career ready" (whatever that means) by 2020.
Coping concurrently with a tsunami and water rationing will be daunting task for which all levels of the US government seem ill-prepared.