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Book blasts research base for Obama reform plan

  • 10-04-2010
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Blog by Valerie Strauss/Washington Post

A new book sharply criticizes the research base for the education reform blueprint that President Obama released earlier this year, saying that it is "superficial and inadequate" and does not support the document's conclusions on two major issues. The book, titled "The Obama Education Blueprint: Researchers Examine the Evidence” and written by a handful of leading education researchers, looks at the six research summaries that were presented by the administration last spring to support its main proposals that were put forth in Obama’s Blueprint for Reform. The blueprint is Obama’s vision for changing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known in its current form as No Child Left Behind. It is not clear when Congress will take up the reauthorization of the law. “The research summary provides rhetoric and exhortation, not research,” the book says. (more…)

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