“President Obama cited just a few of many recent stellar examples where collaborative partnerships are making a tangible difference for students and teachers.”
I’m not so sure that the Prez has moved away from his stance, in spite of his “tip of the hat” to the New Haven contract, his November 4th speech avers,
Now, before a state is even eligible to compete, they’ll have to take an important first step. And this has caused some controversy in some places, but it shouldn’t be controversial. Any state that has a so-called firewall law will have to remove them. Now, here’s what a firewall law is: It basically says that you can’t factor in the performance of students when you’re evaluating teachers. That is not a good message in terms of accountability. So we said, if you’ve got one of those laws, if you want to compete for these grants you got to get rid of that law.
And we’ll encourage states to take a better approach when it comes to charter schools and other innovative public schools. When these schools are performing poorly, they’ll be shut down…
Across the country, different groups are coming together to bring about change in our schools — teachers unions and parents groups, businesses and community organizations. In places like New Haven, educators and city leaders have come together to find a smarter way to evaluate teachers and turn around low-performing schools.
So guys, does it matter who is chancellor? Do we have a national agenda, from Obama to Duncan to Regent Tisch to Commissioner Steiner to the NYC Chancellor?
David Bloomfield, in a puckish blog begins to speculate on the next NYC Chancellor, but, is it a matter of personality rather than policy?
Will the educator chancellor be any different than the businessman/lawyer chancellor?
Joel Klein chose to be confrontational, the “in your face” litigator, constantly taking on his critics while Arne Duncan is the suave, charming Secretary of Ed, with pretty much the same agenda. Then again it is nicer to be romanced before being seduced.