Education Reform: Class Warfare – Fixing Americas Schools
Education Reform: Audio Player | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR, August 16, 2011
American students rank 15th in the world in reading literacy, 25th in math and 17th in science. Frustrated parents in urban areas have turned to charter schools led by young, idealistic teachers. Education reformers have found an ally in President Obama, whose “Race to the Top” program rewards states that measure teacher quality and tie salaries to student test scores. But the program has met resistance from teachers’ unions, who form the backbone of the Democratic Party. Veteran journalist Steven Brill, who investigated New York’s infamous “Rubber Rooms,” reports on the education reform movement and the great struggle it has set off within the Democratic Party.
On the frontlines of school reform: A veteran journalist reports on an unlikely coalition of parents, teachers, Republicans and Democrats trying to fix America’s failing schools.
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