Mike Thomas: Journey from Skeptic to Reformer

September 20, 2012

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

The Foundation for Excellence in Education has launched a new blog, and kicked it off with a great post by Mike Thomas explaining how an examination of evidence led him from being a reform skeptic to a reform supporter.


Welcome to the fight Mike!


Mike Thomas: Florida Teacher Unions Contemplate Hari Kari

December 22, 2009

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel points out the beyond-the-pale hypocrisy of Florida’s teacher unions in standing against Florida’s Race to the Top application.  Money quote:

If the Florida Education Association manages to block this grant, the political fallout will be brutal. Florida has an 11.5 percent unemployment rate. It is losing more jobs than any state in the union.

Given all that, imagine the headline: Teachers’ union blocks $700 million for schools.

Followed by the headline: Schools face $515 million shortfall.