It’s a good example, just not the example Obama wanted

Helen Whalen Cohen at Townhall.com brings our attention back to Obama’s State of the Union address. He pointed to a success story in Colorado, when touting his Race to the Top initiative in education. Remember this?

Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver. Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado. Last May, 97 percent of seniors received their diploma.”

Well, as it turns out, the example he used to illustrate the success of his education reform program was actually an illustration of quite the opposite.

Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.

So, instead of a school benefitting from the Race to the Top, he gave us a prime example of a school where students significantly benefitted from increased accountability, rather than layer upon layer of bureaucracy and copius amounts of federal tax dollars. And, the cost to us, the taxpayers, is nowhere near as substantial.

Excellent illustration, indeed!

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