5:03 pm September 29, 2009, by Maureen Downey
Unfortunately, the Newt and Al show is not doing an Atlanta swing any time soon. This I would like to see.
According to an AJC story, Al Sharpton, a liberal Democrat, and Newt Gingrich, a conservative Georgia Republican, joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the first stop of a “listening and learning” tour Tuesday in Philadelphia to find out which school strategies are working and why.
The odd couple of Gingrich and Sharpton found common ground in the concept that education is the new frontier on civil rights. President Barack Obama has a goal of turning around 5,000 failing schools across the U.S. in the next five years.
After visiting two poor urban schools that are also high achieving, Gingrich said he had a sense of great hope. “If we have absolute proof it can be done, why aren’t we doing it?” Gingrich said. “You are literally risking the lives of these kids.”
I am not a big fan of these publicity tours as I am not sure why we need Gingrich or Sharpton to tell us that education reform is possible and that there are schools defying the odds.
But Newt asks a good question. Why aren’t we doing it everywhere?
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