Down in the heart of Texas, everything is big--big sky, big land, big gambles, big lies, big cheating. Now the governor, Rick Perry, has kicked up the heat under the testing pressure cooker a notch, offering as much as a 25% raise to teachers for the right test scores.
Another one of those unproven reforms embraced by ED, whose insistence on evidence is limited to those reforms they would prefer not to prove, Perry could make a national reputation for himself if Texas can produce big test score gains without getting caught cheating. With a possible White House run in the offing, choosing the right auditing outfit for Texas schools will be critical. Wonder if there are some former Arthur Andersen guys hanging out around the courthouse looking for something to do?
Here are a couple of stories on the beginning of the new Texas mirage.