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Better than "Tea Leaves"
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on October 1, 2010|
|Given the prominence of the Tea Party in the election, "Probabilities" would have been more accurate than "Reading the Tea Leaves."|
The predictive analytics provide useful information. I'd bet with Hess, but for different reasons. The "bipartisan agreement" has been on bumper stickers--"No Child Left Behind" and "Race to The Top." The argument has been between "more money" and "more accountability." That era of "bipartisanship" is over. For two reasons.
One. An unintended and unnoticed positive consequence of NCLB is that it raised "education" from a local level to a national level. The "standards" movement that began in the late 1980s has failed at every step, and the "movement on steroids" now at play in RttT has all the same characteristics.
Two. There just isn't "more money" available. The el-hi enterprise is going to have to do more with less. That's tractable and feasible. But not with the present ed policy trajectory.