Three main variables in education policy -- all recently in flux and one still in need of details -- will affect how the nation's neighborhood schools are run within the next several months. President Obama has framed investment in education as having the potential to power a renaissance in American cultural and technological pre-eminence -- or, if we miss this opportunity, to toss aside decades of innovation as other nations out-achieve us.
Last Wednesday I had the TV on as I was rushing to get out of the house. I wanted to check the weather and so turned on the TV to one of those chatty morning shows. “Oh, good,” I thought, "A welcome break from All-Doom-All-The-Time.” I pop my head through the little black turtle neck and I see an attractive person delivering the weather news, and... oops, more bad news. Windy, freezing weather has settled into our region.