Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., defied the White House and shook the education community with his decision last week to cut from the administration's education reforms to pay for $10 billion in federal aid to avert teacher layoffs (see related story here). The jobs money is part of a military supplemental package passed by the House last Thursday. Now it is up to the Senate, which returns from recess on July 12, to pass the bill out of Congress.
The White House has threatened to veto the measure if the $800 million cut from the education reform programs -- Race to the Top, the federal Charter Schools Program and the Teacher Incentive Fund -- is not restored.
Are the education reform programs appropriate places to cut? If not, what are better alternatives and why?