On Saturday, President Obama delivered a radio address on education and he didn't shrink from saying that American high school students are trailing international averages. He sketched out details of a bill his administration is now pushing to revise the No Child Left Behind Act. He proposes to preserve testing requirements but create a better measuring stick, require teachers be evaluated by performance (not credentials), and use carrots instead of sticks to encourage progress. But nothing in the speech or his proposed legislation hints at the need for school choice and competition. Charter schools went unmentioned.
Peterson, Paul E. "Charter Schools and Student Performance." Wall Street Journal. March 16, 2010.