With Friends Like These Progressives, Who Needs to Worry About Conservatives?
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Excerpts from Mr. Rotherham's biography posted at PPI reveal interesting "progressive" credentials and connections. They are posted below the NCLB forum notes.
Key points from essays by forum participants, expressing their enthusiasm for No Child Left Behind, deserve scrutiny. Maybe what follows shows us that with friends like these progressives, we parents, teachers and administrators fighting for public schools should spend less time worrying about the conservative school-bashers.
In an essay titled "A 'Supply-Side' Solution," Andrew Rotherham includes these points:
Kati Haycock and Ross Wiener, executives at Education Trust, state that those of us who criticize NCLB don't care about kids:
Thomas J. Kane, professor of policy studies and economics in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at UCLA, concludes "The Need for Triage," with this observation:>
Sandy Kress, former president of the Dallas school board, senior education advisor to George W. Bush, and principal architect of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, writes a memoradum to superintendents of struggling schools, including these points:
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Bio notes from the Progressive Policy Institute:
Andrew Rotherham is Director of the 21st Century Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute, a think tank affiliated with the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. The 21st Century Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute works to develop education policy and foster innovation to ensure that America's public schools are an engine of equal opportunity in the knowledge economy. Through research, publications and articles, a regular electronic newsletter, and work with policymakers and practitioners, the Project supports initiatives to strengthen accountability, increase equity, improve teacher quality, and expand choice and innovation within public education.
Rotherham's 1999 paper on reforming the federal role in education, "Toward Performance-Based Federal Education Funding" became the basis of the New Democratic Three R's education reform bill on Capitol Hill. Components of this proposal -- cited by Washington Post columnist David Broder as, "the clearest evidence of change" in federal education policy -- played a prominent role in reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Mr. Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. He advised President Clinton on education issues including reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, charter schools and public school choice, improving educational options for disadvantaged students, and increasing accountability in federal policy. Mr. Rotherham also managed education policy activities at the White House and led the White House Domestic Policy Council education team. He is the youngest person to serve in this position.
Mr. Rotherham taught briefly and worked as a consultant before becoming a policy analyst for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), a professional association representing more than 14,000 public school superintendents. At AASA, Mr. Rotherham analyzed issues including school finance, the federal budget, appropriations, and school infrastructure. He also coordinated AASA's grassroots and Capitol Hill advocacy efforts in these areas.
21st Century Schools Project/ Progressive Policy Institute
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