Paul Thomas has been a consistent critic of the Obama education policies of standards, testing, accountability, choice, competition.

 

Rightly so, since those policies are no different from those of the Bush era, only worse.

 

He now wonders if the administration’s criticism of zero tolerance might be a hopeful turn.

 

But he does not note that the administration does not associate “zero tolerance” with “no-excuses” charter schools promoted by the administration.

 

The most important book on “no-excuses” charters was written by David Whitman, Arne Duncan’s speechwriter.

 

Duncan continues to praise “no-excuses” charters which practice zero tolerance.

 

The question Paul should be investigating is how often the President or the Secretary has condemned practice that their policies mandate, like teaching to the test.