All week, we have seen the kabuki theater that is the Senate HELP Committee debate the latest version of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. From Sen. Harkin (IA) negotiating against himself by weakening teacher accountability provisions before the markup even began to the reams of amendments intended by Sen. Paul (KY) to Sen. Sanders (VT) intending to place scarlet letters on the chests of any educator who didn’t experience four or six years of a traditional education school experience, it was theater to say the least.
Throughout the week, there was terrific coverage of the hearings and their implications from Michele McNeil and Alyson Klein over at Politics K-12. It is well worth the look.
This week, Eduflack debuts over at the National Journal’s Education Experts Blog. The topic? Harkin’s ESEA draft. Check out my thoughts on how this is no longer a “perfect being the enemy of the good” deal, particularly when the proposed accountability provisions serve as a significant step back.