In December, we noted that Michigan’s schools had seen educational outcomes stagnate and even fall in some cases. Disturbingly, school segregation actually increased. This week, new data confirmed that little benefit from reform accrues to the state’s students.
Under the new presidential administration, the emphasis appears to be shifting back toward a narrow “law and order” vision. Does this mean more police in our schools—or just in predominantly black schools?
As the Trump administration takes the federal reins and its Secretary of Education assumes control of our nation’s education policy, will they be willing to examine the evidence of what’s worked and what hasn’t in Ed reform?
If we really see education as an important, shared value, then we need a common pool of money that can be allocated based on need. If we can do that, we might start to see the results we all say we want.
Have charter schools failed the diversity and performance tests? Data from Michigan say yes, which makes Michigan school choice advocate Betsy DeVos becoming U.S. Education Secretary especially unsettling.