Twenty-five years ago, when the National Commission on Excellence in Education released A Nation At Risk, overhauling our country's schools became a national priority. In the intervening years, some of the recommendations in the report, such as those related to standards, have been followed, but overall their implementation remains woefully inadequate.
This is from their new report, Laggards and Leaders, a truly horrible "report card" on educational innovation. You'll find praise of EdisonLearning (for devising "promising approaches to important challenges"), abundant praise for charter chaingangs and privatizers, and a whole host of other pro-corporate reform proposals.
Not surprisingly, "this report would not have been possible without the funding of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."