Building on Quicksand?

Race to the Top calls for improved and consistent testing, while New York State passes a law to eliminate key Regents exams— required to graduate high school in our state– because they cost too much to implement.

Race to the Top extols charter schools with extended days and school weeks, while Hawaii implements a four-day school week for lack of funding.

Race to the Top holds teachers nearly solely accountable for the performance of their students, while our Congress nearly rejects a bill that will save hundreds of thousands of teacher jobs and prevent class sizes from shooting up into the 40’s or higher, as well as pay for the cops that make sure our kids don’t get shot on the way there.

Race to the Top hasĀ  700 million dollarsĀ  in its coffers, while every cent of it is explicitly forbidden to fund stopgap education measures that result from recession-related deficits.

Race to the Top may have been written by John Dewey himself. But it’s going nowhere– except, perhaps, into the pocket of Eva Moskowitz— if we lack the political will to shore up the foundations that make public education possible in the first place.

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