New coalition joins in criticizing Obama administration's education policies
| Jul 28, 2010
The Obama administration’s approach to improving the most troubled schools is nothing more than a toughened version of largely unsuccessful strategies concocted under president George W. Bush and should be replaced with a flexible system that involves parents and communities, according to a new analysis being released today as reported by columnist/blogger Valerie Strauss in The Washington Post.
The report, by a new national coalition of 24 community-based groups, includes a proposal for a new school transformation model that emphasizes community involvement, and a list of more than 2,000 schools across the country targeted for one of the four transformation models now allowed by the administration.
The analysis of school turnaround strategies by Communities for Excellent Public Schools, criticizes the administration for taking “top-down school improvement efforts” that are part of No Child Left Behind and thinking that they will somehow be successful by “adding teeth.” It says that they ignore a growing body of research about what does work. Read more in The Answer Sheet online.