Prize school or failing school? Make up your mind!

The federal school report cards required by No Child Left Behind are giving first-rate schools failing grades for technical reasons, which means that the schools have to send letters to the parents describing their “failures” and offering transfers. Jeb Bush, for one, isn’t pleased. Well, he knows whom to blame, doesn’t he?

Not only doesn’t President Bush believe that America can win the war on terror, he’s so damned … well, I suppose the word is “casual” … about the work of actually governing that his three signature programs (other than tax cuts for his millionaire contributors) — NCLB, Medicare prescription drug coverage, and the occupaton of Iraq — have all more or less collapsed due to sheer incompetence and poor design.

Maybe if he worked during August when it’s not an election year things would go better. On the other hand, they might go worse.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: