But here are some of the many things that were not part of the story:
Charter schools. Vouchers. Anything having to do with school choice or free-market competition.
There was nothing about merit pay. Union seniority rules. Or holding teachers accountable based on standardized test scores.
Nobody in the story came in busting ass and firing teachers. There were no businessmen raining down cash along with think-tank studies. Or federal programs reinventing anything.
There also were no super-teachers; no paradigm-shifting principals; and no chops-busting ex-military superintendents who had barnstormed into public education to finally make everybody fly right.
There was no mention of money in the story at all.
All of this is because what Everett did broke no new educational ground, wasn't radical and didn't cost all that much, says Everett's chief academic officer, Terry Edwards.Just what can we do to prevent more kids from dropping out? Check on them, one by one. As Danny says:
I'm not saying that all the big reforms being bandied about, many through President Obama's "Race to the Top" initiative, have no merit. I'm open to them, especially raising academic standards. But it's got the feeling of a magic-bullet gimmick. Like change for change's sake.
Because we already know what works in education. It isn't complicated. But it also isn't efficient, like a business. It isn't glamorous or quick.