Monday, October 14, 2013

Diane Ravitch: Ed. Comm. Huffman 'Lacks the Basic Qualifications for the Job'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

The good folks over at Tennessee Education Report — voted Nashville's 3rd best political blog in this year's Best of Nashville issue on stands now! — had a chat with education historian, commentator and bestselling author, Diane Ravitch.

The author of Reign of Error discusses vouchers, Teach for America and more. She also had some tough words for state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman:

He gives the erroneous impression that a state commissioner need have no administrative experience. He lacks the basic qualifications for the job. He has punished the city of Nashville’s children by withholding $3.4 million, punishing the board for not granting a charter that he favored. He does not respect local control. He pushes privatization through charters and vouchers. He has no ideas that are constructive for public education, which is an essential democratic institution. He has demoralized teachers. If I think of something good he has done, I will let you know.

Gov. Bill Haslam recently defended Huffman against half of the state's superintendents, who signed a letter critical of Huffman and the Department of Education.

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