Accountability: Whenever a politician starts talking about accountability it usually means someone besides Congress has to be held accountable for something they have no control over. This is political code for stripping educators of tenure or their right to bargain collectively. Click here to see how this is playing out in Fairfax County Fairfax County Firing
Accountability in education is revolving around cost. The same can be said for School Choice. School choice can be subtitled; “we’re going to strip the schools in the poor neighborhood of resources because they’re lousy and give them to better schools in better neighborhoods to reward them for having wealthier, more politically active parents.” In Washington D.C. this threat led to widespread test score fraud with the architect of the sneaking out of town to avoid getting smeared with the mess she caused (D.C. Test Fraud story).
The same cost/market forces approach is behind the concept of merit pay in education. The problem is, all consumers in the education “market” are not equal. For a market approach to really produce success, consumers (parents of school-age children) have to have equal access to schools. They do not and they never will. Low-income families live in impoverished, politically impotent districts that depend on the charity of their better-off neighbors, the state, or federal government for funding.
Why not have merit pay and unions? Or merit pay and tenure? That idea never seems to come up because the real reason for discussing merit pay is to reduce costs. Period. Cheaper education is only better education if you are being taxed to pay for someone else’s kids schools. the wealthy in America do not want to pay for the education of the poor and they are working very hard to elect political factotums who are working toward an end to public education. Unthinkable? Our government is working to privatize highways, prisons, utilities, and through voucher programs and school choice, education. Recently a New york candidate for U.S. Congress advocated ending public education.