Four of the pillars of American conservative education reform – Eric Hanushek of the Hoover Institution, Rick Hess from the American Enterprise Institute, Students First (Michelle Rhee’s group) and Marguerite Roza of the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington – which provided the blueprint for the Cleveland Plan – testified before the Ohio House Finance Committee Dec. 6.
While I commend Chairman Ron Amstutz for holding these hearings, the fact he has not heard from any comparably strong voices on the public education side of things, such as Diane Ravitch or Linda Darling-Hammond, should be a cause of concern for Ohioans. We need to get school funding right. But not all the answers on school funding come from the right.
Today, I want to recount a few positive take-aways from last week’s testimony. I’ll follow-up tomorrow with some of the more troubling items from the hearing.
While I felt very good about these portions, there were significant problems with much of what was said Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Tomorrow: Non-Charter School Issues