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Education Reform Decouples

Is the grand left-right alliance for education reform now coming apart? Is it falling prey to the same polarizing forces that have gridlocked American politics and policymaking? Signs of such deterioration abound, as conservatives push to loosen the grip of governments and unions so as to maximize the freedom of families and schools to chart their own course, and as liberals redefine education reform into a “social justice” crusade, construe today’s problems in race and gender terms, and press government to do more to advance and protect selected subgroups—a trend that’s been welcomed and in fact quickened by the Obama administration’s eagerness to nationalize these endeavors and institute federal regulations that further them.

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