Today there is more on my previous post.
At issue: an emerging divide among education policymakers about the best way to improve America’s schools.
Everyone seems to agree that the schools are in dire straits, but there is a divide about how to solve that problem.
On one side are leaders including the schools chancellor, Joel Klein; the Reverend Al Sharpton; the federal education secretary, Margaret Spellings, and the mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, who have started an initiative called the Education Equality Project, endorsing strong accountability measures such as those currently written into No Child Left Behind as well as choice options such as charter schools.
On the other side is a group calling itself the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, which has criticized No Child Left Behind and declared that students need help in more fields than just education to succeed, arguing for improved health care and after-school programs. That group includes the teachers union president Randi Weingarten, the labor economist Lawrence Mishel, and the former Boston school superintendent Thomas Payzant.
Of course, the Sun’s Elizabeth Green in her article tilts toward portraying it as a personal fight between Diane Ravitch and Chester Finn. But the EEP and Broader, Bolder represent very different visions, policy and two movements.