Ed Reformers Are Going to Discuss Their Failures


It seems that the ed reform message is once again shifting.

Years ago, around 2013, I first heard the ed reform message shift in regard to the state-run Recovery School District (RSD) in New Orleans. RSD was supposed to be revolutionary. In 2013, I first heard RSD “mother,” former La. state ed board member Leslie Jacobs, defend RSD as “improving.”

Improvement in and of itself is good. However, this ed reform “improvement” message followed years of damning locally-run New Orleans schools and boasting about amazing changes to come.

In short, the “improvement” narrative was face-saving, post-boast backpedaling.

The next major ed reform backpedal I heard came in 2014, and it concerned what was supposed to be the (again) revolution that was the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The backpedal narrative in this case was one of “faulty implementation.”

Now, via the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the latest ed reform shift…

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