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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Diane Ravitch
Everyone from President Obama to Sen. Rand Paul agrees: education reform is the "civil rights issue of our time." Americans today view education reformers with the same degree of moral deference we give to the civil rights reformers of the 1960s. Folks imagine that our starry-eyed Teachers For America (TFA) are shock troops in the war for social justice, that our charter schools are no longer letting poverty be an excuse and that the Department of Education is unleashing an unprecedented wave of entrepreneurship to close the achievement gap.
A new book by Diane Ravitch, one of the leading voices behind the reform and testing regime that culminated in No Child Left Behind, now argues we got it all wrong.
New York University's education guru Diane Ravitch is not the first to note the growing role of big money is shaping education policy.
"Millions more dollars will be spent to litigate the issues in California and elsewhere," Ravitch wrote, "but what will students gain?