A July 30, 2009 Commentary by Kevin G. Welner — (Professor of Education and Director of the Education and the Public Interest Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder) is now available for public access at http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=15731 . Here are the opening paragraphs:
During his campaign, Barack Obama was adept at identifying the Bush administration’s failures to use research responsibly. He assured us that he would not misspend taxpayer dollars on projects that were ideologically appealing but unsupported by facts. No more would policy be based on imaginary or invented evidence at odds with the best knowledge available.
But those who believed in this promise are now confronted with policy edicts from the Department of Education that are as ill-grounded, dogmatic, and heavy-handed as any that emerged from the prior administration. These edicts are tied to the Department’s “Race to the Top,” a $4.35 billion program that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus spending.
Typically, a Commentary there is available for a week or two before access is limited to subscribers only. Subscriptions to the online site are only $15/year, which is well worth it for people interested in education; but if you won’t have a subscription, you should see this now if you want to read it.