Scott Pruitt is in my estimation the worst Environmental Protection Agency administrator ever. I base this on two things: As one supposedly dedicated to President Trump’s mission of draining the swamp, he’s instead wasted public monies on personal perks. Second, he’s obviously a tool of industry with the express goal of deregulating everything, no matter the facts, no matter the safety consequences.

Since 1983 and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley’s education report “A Nation at Risk,” American policymakers and politicians have accused our public schools of not adequately preparing children to meet our nation’s human resource needs in an increasingly competitive global economy. While this criticism has taken many forms, it has generally concluded that our nation’s schools have “failed” and that the solution somehow is: high-stakes accountability testing for children and schools, competition in the form of new kinds of competitor “public” schools (i.e., charters, vouchers), blaming teachers and their preparation or, more recently, closing/reorganizing “failed” schools and possibly dispersing students across other schools or communities.