It’s no surprise that the hometown of pro-reform President Obama, his education secretary Arne Duncan and his right-hand man, and Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel wants the test to be taken.
But alienating parents and students isn’t the way to do it. There are better, more collaborative ways to usher in school reforms, even on super hot-button issues. But they require open ears and respectful dialogues.
Just as life itself is a high-stakes test, so are the politics of school reform, and Chicago schools’ signpost up ahead reads “Failure.”
Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at email@example.com.