“Wanted: An Inner-city Legislator with a Backbone,” by StairwaytoKevin

August 12, 2009

As an elected official or an ordinary citizen, suppose someone presented you the following figures on an education initiative and asked your opinion: graduation rates improved from 51 percent to 66 percent, crime rates within schools dropped 44 percent, and state test scores jumped 20 percent.  Oh, and because the initiative takes place in a large urban center, you are also concerned with the minority achievement gap, which, incidentally, narrowed significantly.   You would be certifiably insane if you were to oppose this initiative or threaten to hold it hostage as a means of furthering your own pet projects. Read the rest of this entry »