Reformers and Teachers’ Unions battle to reform education
By Steven Lee at The New Republican
In “Who Will He Choose?” David Brooks of the New York Times writes that “there is an unprecedented political coalition building, among liberals as well as conservatives, for radical reform” in education. Brooks writes that education reform will be “one of the biggest choices” of President-elect Barack Obama’s administration. In the fight to reform education, two main camps, the reformers and the teachers’ unions, are at odds. Reformers “support merit pay for good teachers, charter schools and tough accountability standards,” while teachers’ unions focus on more funding for education, smaller class sizes, and oppose merit pay for teachers.
Who will be chosen as the next education secretary?