The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss scores again with this column entitled SECRET POLICY-MAKING ON SCHOOL REFORM IS ONE THE RISE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/12/secret-policymaking-on-school-reform-is-on-the-rise/. What happened to transparency? It seems to have gone missing in the era of CCSS and RttT and the other de-form movements. It is happening in our professional organizations as well. Sudden announcements about changes in alliances, in names, in organizational structures, in funding. And then these same organizations will decry the loss of membership. Or they expect members to stay silent about those same changes. It is frustrating for folks who want to be active professionally, who rely on their professional organizations to speak for them. Some organizations are positively dizzy with all of the about faces they are doing. First they are FOR CCSS and NCTQ. Then, no, perhaps they were too hasty and now they are walking endorsements back. Then a publication comes from them that aligns them once more with the same folks they decried last week or month or yesterday.
It is time for the secrets to end. Time for organizations to take stances and let the chips fall where they may, let members decide about their decisions using dues. It is time for transparency, for truth, for trust. This cannot be a secret game. There is too much at stake here.