Charter school advocates in Connecticut are "stunned and angry." They can barely hold back their rage over the Democrats refusal to provide an "excellent" education for these poor, underprivileged children who could benefit from a for-profit charter or KIPP chain gang school. Instead, the Democrats argue charters are not the solution and have suggested people read Kenneth Saltman's upcoming book on the failure of corporate school reform.
Could these Democrats be onto something? Let's hope this book is the one that finally breaks the camel's back and ignites the fire on the dry grass of corporate education reform so that this wasteland of test prep and chain gang schooling might blossom into something beautiful.
Just imagine if the discussion over school reform in statehouses all across the country actually turned to reality-based solutions like equal funding, respect and professional autonomy for teachers, well-rounded curriculums, strong health and social services in the school, field trips, libraries, music and art. These Democrats in Connecticut are onto something - others need to pay attention.
Kathleen Megan at Currant.com: