Here’s another great WSJ editorial, “Speak Up on D.C. Schools, Mr. President“, about Obama and education reform. Some highlights:
That deafening roar you hear—that’s the sound of Barack Obama’s silence on the future of school reform in the District of Columbia. And if he doesn’t break it soon, he may become the first president in two decades to have left Washington’s children with fewer chances for a good school than when he started.
The mayor who appointed [DC’s] reform-minded schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, went down to defeat. Even now, when Ms. Rhee’s fate—and that of D.C. school reform—hangs in the balance, Mr. Obama remains mute.
“All he has to do is to say two simple sentences. First, ‘I support anyone who gives D.C. parents more options and more accountability.’ Second, ‘We need to keep D.C. on the path of reform with a schools chancellor like Michelle Rhee,'” …says Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform.
“All presidents have the bully pulpit,” says Mr. Chavous, head of the Black Alliance for Educational Opportunity. “This president in particular has the power to change hearts and minds instantly.”
But will he?
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