ERIC Number: EJ879336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Poor Schools or Poor Kids?
Williams, Joe; Noguera, Pedro
Education Next, v10 n1 p44-51 Win 2010
Since the run-up to the 2008 election, the Democratic Party has been home to two prominent and very different reform wings. One, spearheaded by the group Democrats for Education Reform and notable school-district chiefs like New York's Joel Klein and Washington, D.C.'s Michelle Rhee, is the Education Equality Project (EEP). The other, A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA), is a coalition of education scholars and Democratic thinkers, including Duke University's Helen Ladd, former president of Columbia University's Teachers College Arthur Levine, and New York University professor Pedro Noguera. The EEP champions accountability, pay reform, and school choice, while the BBA coalition insists people must attend to health care, preschool, and parenting skills if students are to succeed in school. The Obama administration must negotiate this split in pursuing education reform; indeed, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was the only individual to serve as a founding member of both groups. In this forum, president of Democrats for Education Reform Joe Williams speaks for the EEP and Pedro Noguera offers the BBA perspective on improving K-12 schooling, the early record of the Obama administration, and the challenges that lie ahead.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, School Choice, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Change, School Districts, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Achievement Gap, Federal Legislation, Educational Vouchers, Charter Schools, Evaluation, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001