Education standards slip

Boston Herald

By Charles Chieppo | Monday, March 1, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Op-Ed

The unparalleled success of Massachusetts’ 1993 education reform law rested on high academic standards, holding public schools accountable and extending choice to more families. In return, K-12 public education received billions of new state dollars.

Recently, the Obama administration used access to federal grant money as an incentive to enhance choice, prompting Massachusetts policy makers to increase the number of charter school seats in low-performing school districts. But over the last three years, state policy decisions have also killed off accountability and landed standards on life support. {Read more here}

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