What happens when the government owns and operates the schools, administers the tests in those schools, determines what is "satisfactory" performance, then gets to write the reports and press releases explaining the results? Hmmm. You think there's any chance bureaucrats would put the best possible spin on things?
If you're somewhat suspicious of Oklahoma politicians and bureaucrats (and their stenographers in the media) telling you how good our public schools are, you might want to read a new report I commissioned entitled "Hot Air: How Oklahoma Inflates Its Educational Progress Under No Child Left Behind." How the educrats are going to spin their way out of this one, I have no idea. But it will be interesting to watch.
September 27 update: I talked to Andrea Eger of the Tulsa World and Andrew Speno from FOX 25 this afternoon. Speno's story should air this evening.
September 28 update: The Tulsa World story is here. I'll be on KFAQ AM-1170 in Tulsa tomorrow morning at 7:10 to discuss the report.