The following guest post is from Kip Malinosky, a social studies teacher of 9 years in the Fairfax County public school system and someone who's highly knowledgeable about education policy. Here, he responds to Ken Cuccinelli's horrendous education plan (see graphic to the far right – appropriately enough – for the craziest part of that plan, basically undoing separation of church and state while defunding public education in Virginia). Also see Del. Rob Krupicka's demolition of the Cuccinelli plan (he gives it an overall grade of "D"). In sum, this plan is about as extreme and destructive as you'd expect from someone like Ken Cuccinelli….
Ken Cuccinelli's education plan deserves an "A" for the effort of putting together so many failed ideas in one place. Now his plan isn't all bad, it looks like he copied some good ideas from Terry McAuliffe's education plan, namely the commission to study reforming Virginia's Standards of Learning tests (the SOLs). Cuccinelli's proposals are based all around the concepts of competition and choice in and between schools. One of the champions of this educational philosophy, Diane Ravitch, did an abrupt U-turn on these ideas, when she saw them implemented with Bush's No Child Left Behind law. This is no time for Virginia to jump on a failing bandwagon. Let's get to a few of Cuccincelli's specific ideas.