March 31, 2015

The Best Education Reform? Fix Gerrymandering

By Bellwether

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If Congress fails to get a No Child Left Behind overhaul done again this year, don’t blame special interests, reformers, the administration, or the complexity first. The process is working, it’s just broken. I take a look at that in U.S. News & World Report:

One of the interesting things about my job is that wealthy people ask me for ideas about how best to use their resources to improve America’s schools. There are plenty of important issues demanding attention: overhauling the sorry state of teacher preparation and teacher policy (I wrote an entire guidebook about that), giving low-income Americans more educational choice and improving educational finance are three obvious ones. But, to the consternation of colleagues in the education world, I don’t first suggest those or other specific education issues. Instead, I urge donors to support efforts to reform congressional redistricting. We won’t be able to genuinely improve our schools (or address a host of other issues) until we create legislative districts based on geography rather than gerrymandering.

I guarantee a comfortable margin of victory if you click and read the entire column here.  The column presupposes that Congress can do useful things, if that makes you think I should be redistricted then tell me on Twitter @arotherham.

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