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Neoliberalism, Charter Schools and the Chicago Model Obama and Duncan’s Education Policy: Like Bush’s, Only Worse

Posted by smeddum on August 25, 2009

August 24, 2009

counterpunch

By DANNY WEIL

In his first major speech on education since his election and swearing in as President, a speech made to an unscheduled meeting of the Council of Chief State School officers, held on March 10, 2009 in Washington D.C., Barrack Obama repeated the claims heard from many quarters that the United States must drastically improve student achievement to regain lost international standing in the world.  He called for tying teachers’ pay to student performance (merit pay) and for expanding charter schools throughout the nation.  In calling for merit pay for teachers, Obama argued:

“Too many supporters of my party have resisted the idea of rewarding excellence in teaching with extra pay, even though we know it can make a difference in the classroom.”

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