Problems loom in Columbus. Democrats fear the political clout of teachers unions. And for some Republicans, anything that demands positive results from their deep-pocketed contributors in the charter school crowd makes them skittish. If Democrats or Republicans attempt to significantly dilute Jackson's proposed changes, the plan won't work.Jackson's plan (PDF)
Political will to modernize Cleveland schools?
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's plan to reinvent public education "has the potential to become a model for changing education in urban America," according to Brent Larkin's Plain Dealer column yesterday. But it will challenge defenders of the status quo at the state capitol: