Obama on Accountability, Vouchers and National Standards

by Robert Pondiscio
July 23rd, 2008

One of Barack Obama’s education chamberlains chatted up DC reporters today about the Senator’s education agenda.  According to Edweek’s David Hoff, Obama’s man Michael Johnston said “high standards and accountability are good. The level of funding and the quality of assessments aren’t.”  Obama “believes a federal accountability system could measure students’ reading and math skills while not narrowing the curriculum to those areas.”  Amen to that.  Details to follow?

Fordham’s Mike Petrilli, also there, has issues with some of what he heard.  While Obama is opposed to school vouchers “in any context.” Petrilli wonders if ”that hard line will soften if Obama becomes president, particularly if he sends his own daughters to a private school once he moves to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Johnston, he notes, also ”wouldn’t say if Obama supports national standards and testing, though it was clear that Johnston sees the logic.” 

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