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  • School Choice Victories

    06/23/2014 10:26:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 22, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Instead of improved quality and decreased spending on education, the government continues to spend more and more while results remain stagnant. school choice poster “According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress – a standardized test often referred to as the nation’s ‘report card’ – just 26 percent of the country’s 12th graders are proficient in math,” Lindsay Burke of the Heritage Foundation points out, adding that, “only 38 percent are proficient in reading. “ “Those numbers are entirely unchanged since 2009, when the NAEP was last administered,” reported Burke. Education has been stuck in the same place for decades...
  • From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey

    05/07/2014 11:39:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/4/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    DETROIT — Driving down Waterman Street in Mexicantown in Southwest Detroit you pass boarded up houses, closed down businesses, and other things that make up too much of the city. Until you get to Cesar Chavez Academy. The school stands out like an island. No boards. No graffiti. No garbage in the parking lot. This is a place for learning. And it's where Daniel Felix has excelled. He came to Detroit from Los Angeles as a child and lives a few blocks from the high school with his two brothers, a grandfather, and parents who speak mostly Spanish. Felix with...
  • (Cinco de Mayo)Protest at Live Oak High on anniversary of American flag T-shirt incident

    05/05/2014 1:06:37 PM PDT · by fifedom · 13 replies
    TimesHeraldOnline ^ | 05/05/2014 | Joe Rodriguez
    almost 50 self-described "Patriots" held tall U.S flags in front of a high school still at the center of a public debate over free speech and cultural pride. (barf)
  • Time Bombs in Democratic Coalition

    04/18/2014 5:38:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The Republican Party is roiling with internal conflicts, say the analysts. The tea party is confronting the establishment. The noninterventionists are at war (forgive the expression) with the interventionists. The libertarians would like the party to endorse same-sex marriage. Fair enough. These conflicts will play out during the primaries in 2016, and we'll discover whether they are serious fault lines or merely squabbles. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, supposedly the firm fortress of the middle class, minorities and women, is actually showing some internal stresses as well. Little fissures are snaking through the crust, perhaps reflecting tectonic movement beneath. The...
  • Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal to join forces in ad

    04/04/2014 7:29:44 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/04/2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal appear in a commercial that will air Sunday to promote NewRepublican.org, a project focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, support a super PAC that is the brainchild of Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child’s school, and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington, then you’re thinking like a New Republican,” Bush says to the camera at...
  • The ABC's of School Choice

    04/03/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    When people speak of a legacy, they usually mean something other than what the late economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, left behind, namely the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (edchoice.org). The foundation has just released a small book entitled "The ABC's of School Choice: The comprehensive guide to every private school choice program in America." The Friedman philosophy can be summed up in two sentences, which are posted on their web page: "School choice gives parents the freedom to choose their children's education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools to better serve families' needs. School choice lets parents...
  • How The Media Uses ‘Creationism’ To Attack School Choice

    03/25/2014 1:03:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/25/2014 | David Harsanyi
    Eric Meikle, project director at the National Center for Science Education, tells Politico that he doesn’t believe “the function of public education is to prepare students for the turn of the 19th century.” Good point. We should stop teaching kids about the wonders of windmills and choo choo trains and stop demeaning the technological accomplishments of the 20th century. Because guess what: it already sounds a lot like the 19th century in classrooms.Of course, Meikle wasn’t referring to the environmental Cassandras of our public school districts, he was pondering the boogeyman of creationism. And, like most efforts to warn...
  • NYC Mayor Rescinds Space-sharing Agreement for Three Charter Schools

    03/11/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-11-14 | James Mann
    Newly-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that space-sharing agreements for three New York City charter schools have been rescinded. This decision marks an abrupt change from de Blasio’s charter-friendly predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, who helped create a supportive environment for publicly funded charter schools and was a proponent of space-sharing agreements between charter schools and traditional public schools. The three charter schools affected by de Blasio’s announcement are operated by the Success Academy network. Two of the charter schools have yet to open, and will likely not open because of de Blasio’s decision, while the third...
  • Mayor de Blasio Kicks 700 Kids Out of Over-Performing Schools

    03/02/2014 5:29:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Elite New York Democrats are waging a war on children. Well… At least that’s how it appears when the progressive Democrat mayor kicks 700 students out of high-performing schools, because… Well… He doesn’t really have a good reason. Ostensibly, it’s because he doesn’t want charter schools (public education facilities that govern their affairs with autonomy from New York public education directives) to share space with underperforming school districts. Proving that there are worse things than a Bloomberg-run city, de Blasio has decided to kick at least three charter school programs out of their co-location agreements with traditional public education facilities....
  • School Choice Week Must Be a Call to Action

    02/01/2014 3:04:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2014 | Reince Priebus
    Every child should have the opportunity to achieve his or her American Dream. Sadly, right now, not every child has a fair shot. Far too many young students are stuck in failing schools. They don’t receive the quality of education they deserve; they lack the resources to learn and thrive. In twenty-first century America, this is unacceptable and unfair. As champions of school choice and opportunity, I believe Republican leaders can play a major role in fixing this problem. Last November I travelled to New Orleans to hear first-hand from students and parents who have benefited from Governor Jindal’s Louisiana...
  • Parents revolt against public schools leave buildings empty

    01/31/2014 1:28:43 PM PST · by usalady · 52 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan. 31, 2014 | Martha
    As those in power continues to hang onto the 19th century model of education or accept Common Core indoctrination for their students, parents are moving toward becoming the “deciders” as they chose charter and private schools, homeschooling, and online programs, it is leaving thousands of empty school buildings all across America. According to a recent study among the cities with vacant school buildings are
  • School Choice and Common Core: Mortal Enemies

    01/31/2014 4:02:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The freedom-enhancing, life-improving power of school choice is more than a theory for me. It's more than a talking points memo or teleprompter speech. Unlike many of the politicians paying lip service to National School Choice Week this week, the issue of expanding educational opportunity and freedom for all is something I live, breathe, practice and witness every day. My mother was a public school teacher who taught in a majority-minority district in New Jersey for more than two decades. She and my father worked hard to put their own children in a mix of public and private Catholic schools....
  • The Left vs. Poor Children

    01/28/2014 7:12:50 AM PST · by Edmunds mom · 6 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 1/28/13 | Scott Walter
    Why doesn’t the Left trust the poor to choose their children’s schools? That question leaps to mind as we enter National School Choice Week. (The question is a sequel to an earlier one, Why doesn’t the Left trust the law-abiding poor to own guns? which I considered in an earlier post.) After all, nearly everyone agrees that the atrocious education provided by most public schools that serve the poor is a tragedy for the innocent children involved. The Left typically expresses outrage over “inequality,” yet one of the starkest inequalities between the poor and the more affluent is the latter’s...
  • National School Choice Week—Empower Parents, Improve Student Learning

    01/24/2014 2:28:23 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 1-24-14 | Ed Walton
    Last month, the results of an international exam revealed that America’s world ranking hasn’t changed much in three years. The scores were “a picture of stagnation,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan remarked. 65 countries and economies participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a math, science, and reading exam that is administered every three years to 15-year-old students. In the rankings for the exam, which compare the various nations that participated, the United States scraped into the top 20 in only one subject area, reading—where it was ranked 17th. While this is alarming news, it isn’t exactly...
  • Students Need Private School Choice

    01/17/2014 5:43:17 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    While students in 23 states have access to private school choice, Michigan lags behind. Not only is educational choice limited to public schools, but the Michigan Constitution actually prohibits any public benefit from being used to help students attend a private school (other than transportation). No other state constitution is more restrictive. In a state with a constitution so hostile to private school choice, it is noteworthy when an elected official makes a stand for substantial change. In a recent Detroit Free Press op-ed, Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Twp., said the next step for Michigan schools is private school choice....
  • DOJ Demanding Ability to Veto Parents’ Choice of School

    01/08/2014 3:51:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/2014 | Alec Torres
    On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a proposal to oversee Louisiana’s school-choice program. The proposal, if accepted, would give the DOJ the ability to veto scholarships given to children, which allow them to attend a school of their choice. In November, the DOJ dropped its injunction against Louisiana’s school voucher program after failing to produce documents to prove that the program impeded the federally mandated desegregation process. However, in lieu of the injunction, the DOJ instead filed a proposal to oversee the program, requesting that the federal government have 45 days to review detailed information about all scholarship applicants...
  • Study: Michigan Students Benefit from Using 'Schools of Choice'

    12/30/2013 7:56:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/22/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Nearly 100,000 students use Michigan’s “Schools of Choice” program, but are they and their parents really making good choices? Should the program be expanded or should students be forced to only attend the school in their neighborhood? A new study looks at how many students are taking advantage of school choice and shows that they are making good academic choices. Schools of Choice was established in Michigan in 1996. It provides an opportunity for students to attend conventional schools, even if they live outside of the school’s boundary. Districts are allowed to not accept students, but they are not able...
  • Results — Not Dollars Spent — Matter For Parents Choosing Schools For Their Students

    12/09/2013 11:15:21 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/5/2013 | Tom Gantert
    A recent editorial from the Battle Creek Enquirer claimed that charter schools are destroying public schools and "doing immeasurable harm to our democracy." "The people behind the charter school and privatization movement are intent on destroying public schools, and they are succeeding," the editorial said. "...What's going on? Blame the exodus of students and families fleeing under-resourced districts and classrooms in neighborhoods increasingly segregated by income." However, the students and families in the Enquirer's own circulation area tell a different story. In fact, parents are very likely leaving a poorer-performing, better-funded district for other conventional school districts that receive far...
  • Michigan Needs to Choose School Choice

    12/03/2013 8:55:44 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/28/2013 | Audrey Spalding
    This fall, Michigan received disappointing, but expected news: The Center for Education Reform gave the state a score of '0' for its school choice policies. Though charter public schools provide choice to approximately 10 percent of Michigan public school students, our state is the only one in the nation to hold the distinction of constitutionally prohibiting any form of private school choice, including tax credits. In this regard, Michigan lags far behind Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. All three of those states have recently expanded their private school choice programs. Michigan's neighbor to the south, Ohio, now allows students attending failing...
  • 2014, the Georgia GOP, and Millennial Voters

    11/17/2013 7:58:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Brandon Howell
    If 2014 is a trial run for Georgia Democrats eager to regain statewide relevance, it should also serve as one for Peach State GOPers in the seemingly quixotic quest to win the youth vote. With most assuming he’d pass at least until 2018, state Senator Jason Carter’s defying the conventional wisdom and entering an erstwhile sleepy gubernatorial contest has provided Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn a top-ticket slate and completed awakening for what would’ve been a ho-hum cycle of Peach State politics. Though the odds of one or both first-time statewide candidates succeeding remain long, the time for complacency on the...
  • School Choice: A Solution to Bullying

    11/17/2013 7:36:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    As readers may or may not be aware, it’s School Choice Week. However, given the items in the news, you could be forgiven for not knowing. In fact, given those same items, one might get the idea that we’ve instead been going through something like Bullying Month. After years of hand-wringing about the phenomenon of bullying, whether in its generic form oragainst specific groups, it appears to have taken the phenomenon of hazing in the National Football League to get the practice widely condemned to the degree it deserves. In an ideal world, this would lead into a wider discussion...
  • Arizona Court Unanimously Upholds Education Savings Accounts as Constitutional

    10/17/2013 1:17:39 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-17-13 | Lauren Lutz
    October 1, 2013 marked a victory for school choice when the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision upholding Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program in Niehaus vs. Huppenthal. Discussing both the constitutionality and benefits of the program, Judge Jon W. Thompson wrote, “This program enhances the ability of parents of disabled children to choose how best to provide for their educations, whether in or out of private schools.” Under Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Program, certain qualifying parents—those with specials needs children, children in failing public schools (either receiving a D or F), children in military families, or adopted and foster...
  • Jindal to Obama admin: Yes, come tell LA. parents why children should be stuck in failing schools

    09/30/2013 4:47:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    About a month ago, the Department of Justice made the bizarre and by almost all accounts counterproductive decision to sue the state of Louisiana for working to turn around the state’s low-performing public school system and allowing low-income students with opportunities to escape from these fail factories with a voucher program. The DOJ’s apparently depraved move to use outdated desegregation decrees to actively block poor and largely minority students from access to a better education went over well with pretty much nobody, and with Gov. Bobby Jindal least of all.After calling the Obama administration out last week for their disingenuous...
  • New Orleans is an Early Test for School Choice

    09/30/2013 3:05:04 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 30, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    No city has embraced the school choice movement more than New Orleans. Yet over the past few weeks, the Wall Street Journal has been taking a close look at how the idea is working out, and the results have been decidedly mixed. The biggest problem is that there simply aren’t enough high-quality schools to go around. The city grades each public or charter school on an A–F scale, and only 14 percent of seats were in schools with a B or higher. Given the the dearth of high-performers and the limited number of seats at these schools, parents are often left to choose...
  • Bobby Jindal Lashes Out at Holder Over Voucher Suit, Asks If Obama Is Incompetent Or Ideological

    09/04/2013 5:18:37 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    Huffington Post (link only) | August 30, 2013
    link only: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/30/bobby-jindal-eric-holder_n_3845586.html
  • Liberal Guilt, Public Education, My Clear Conscience

    09/01/2013 8:36:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2013 | James Allen
    A new cornerstone piece on public education by Allison Benedikton on Slate.com titled, "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person," was shocking but consistent and clearly revealed that liberals value the word “education,” as long as the word “public,” precedes it. According to the author, public schools continue to fail because parents are sending their children to private schools, instead of public schools. Parents who spend their hard earned money to send their children to private schools are in fact destroying the fabric of America’s public education: which is immoral. For liberals, abortion is...
  • Send Your Kid to Private School? You Suck

    08/29/2013 10:08:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 106 replies
    Newser ^ | 08/29/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Do you send your kids to private school? Then congratulations: "You are a bad person," Allison Benedikt argues in Slate. "Not bad like murder bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So pretty bad." Her reasoning is simple: if everyone were invested in public schools—and not just monetarily invested, "but real flesh-and-blood-offspring" invested—they would get better. Involved parents can make a huge difference. Yes, your kid may not get as excellent an education. "Take a deep breath and live with that." "If you can afford private school," even just barely, "chances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine...
  • Justice Department Attacks School Choice In Louisiana

    08/25/2013 12:11:22 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 6 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/25/13 | LD Jackson
    President Obama would like us to believe he is in favor of helping the middle class. How many times did we hear that farce during the 2012 campaign? Enough to make me sick to my stomach, knowing it for the lie that it is. To see another great example of just how big of a lie that claim is, just point your eyes and ears south, to the state of Louisiana. Ask Governor Bobby Jindal if he believes the Obama administration is for the middle class and helping the children. It is being reported the Justice Department is taking aim...
  • Walker signs Wisconsin’s $70.1 billion budget, powered by veto pen

    07/01/2013 5:48:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-1-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    PLEASANT PRAIRIE – Surrounded by more than 50 supporters, including children and war veterans, Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday signed Wisconsin’s $70.1 billion, 2013-2015 budget into law. The Republican governor, put the executive pen to a Republican-led budget, signing the biennial spending plan beneath a banner that declared, “Working for Wisconsin.” Walker, appearing at Catalyst Exhibits Inc., a trade show booth design and marketing company that relocated to the state from Illinois in 2011, said that while the media would focus on his vetoes, the “real story is this is a budget built for the hard-working taxpayers of the state...
  • More Opportunities for Special-Needs Students in Oklahoma

    06/28/2013 12:34:14 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 6-28-13 | Melissa Sullivan
    Phylicia is seemingly a normal teenager at Oklahoma’s Town & Country School: she interacts with other students, participates in class, and, as her mother notes, she “wakes up wanting to go to school.” However, Phylicia has not always been this energetic about learning. Phylicia is a teenage special-needs student with Asperger’s Syndrome. In an article written by Brandon Dutcher, vice president of policy at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), Phylicia’s mother shared that her daughter was bullied in her public school to the point where “she would literally crawl in a ball because she did not want to...
  • Anti-School Choice Education Rally Fizzles

    06/26/2013 4:59:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2013 | Anne Schieber
    LANSING — Teachers couldn't blame the weather or inability to get the day off from work as excuses for the underwhelming turnout for what was billed as a "huge grassroots rally" for traditional public schools in Lansing Wednesday. Notice of the rally was posted on Facebook and progressive blogs, and notices were sent to 8,000 teachers and public education supporters, according to one organizer. Before the rally, 751 people said on Facebook that they would attend, and a popular liberal blog said turnout would be "huge," but a headcount put the figure at about 500 people. The crowd barely filled...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Prez Blames 'Rich White People'

    06/20/2013 5:59:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 81 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 20, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: The president of the Chicago Teachers Union charges that racism and "rich white people" are to blame for the immense financial and educational crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools. Tbe Chicago Public Schools (CPS) represent everything that is wrong with public education in America. They are in thrall to the unions that run the system and bankrupt it through bloated salaries and pensions while too many of the students trapped inside graduate as functional illiterates, if they graduate at all. Poor academic performance generally, a huge budget shortfall and poorly attended schools in declining neighborhoods recently forced CPS to...
  • Michigan Outspends Florida on Education But Does Worse Than The Sunshine State

    06/20/2013 10:48:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/18/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Over the past two decades, public school students in Florida have made the second-highest gains in the nation on standardized test scores while overall spending on education has increased the least. By contrast, and despite the impression given by unions and school officials in the conventional public school system, district spending in Michigan increased substantially higher than Florida while returning lower results. A comparison of the two states documenting the numbers as well as answering why this is happening comes from a new study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "From 1998 to 2011, Florida students' average test scores...
  • What Do Moms Want? School Choice

    05/23/2013 6:26:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/19/2013 | Audrey Spalding
    Perhaps the best thing state legislators could do for Michigan moms would be to allow more educational options for children — at least according to the latest poll from the Friedman Foundation. Mothers polled supported all varieties of school choice, including providing students with resources to attend public, private or religious schools. Mothers of school-age children were surveyed by phone and asked whether they supported specific school choice programs. Nearly 70 percent of moms said that they support tax credit scholarships for students. When asked about school vouchers, 66 percent of surveyed moms said that they supported them, with just...
  • Public School Lobbying Worse Than 'Skunk Works'

    05/03/2013 6:45:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/30/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    A group of charter public school advocates, private-sector business people and state employees have been meeting to come up with ideas on how to provide better public education at a lower cost through technology and competition. The group hopes to provide a “value school” model costing about $5,000 per pupil, reports The Detroit News, which broke the story. If it works, this would mean an education at substantially less than the $13,000 school districts receive now in per-student revenue or even the roughly $7,000 per pupil they receive strictly from the state. Most of the criticism of the program has...
  • Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public, Charter Schools

    04/22/2013 8:54:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 10, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Private religious schools perform better than public schools, and public charter schools performed no better than regular public schools, according to a new study by William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton. Jeynes spoke Monday with The Christian Post about the study. He found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools. The results of his research were recently published in vol. 87, issue 3 of the Peabody Journal of Education in an article titled,...
  • Kansas casts eye on teachers unions

    03/07/2013 10:19:49 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Mar. 06, 2013 | BRAD COOPER
    New Jersey’s governor has branded them “political thugs.” A former federal education official has likened them to terrorists. Less vilified in Kansas than some other parts of the country, those teachers unions still find their clout under attack in the Legislature. The battle over teachers unions has marched its way across the country. Ohio. Michigan. Wisconsin. Idaho. And now it’s in Kansas, greeted by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative allies in the Legislature. Lawmakers are moving to undercut the tenuous power of teachers unions by barring them from using voluntary paycheck deductions for politics. And they’re going after...
  • How Alabama is on the verge of breaking one of the nation's most powerful teachers' unions

    03/07/2013 10:01:58 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 7, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    For much of the last four decades, the Alabama Education Association has risen to become one of the most powerful teachers’ unions in the country. As odd as it may seem in a dark red state, over the years long-time AEA executive director Paul Hubbert, oftentimes described as the “shadow governor” of Alabama, has earned his union the distinction of being one of the most politically involved organizations of its type in the country. Hubbert and the AEA won one of their first major battles in 1971, when they were able to keep then-Democratic Gov. George Wallace from directing funds...
  • School Choice: Making the Grade

    02/01/2013 9:48:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    More than 200 organizations across the country are staging some 3,600 events to mark this year’s School Choice Week. But many grateful parents have reason to celebrate every week. Just ask Joseph Kelley. A single father living in Washington, D.C., Kelley was shocked when his son Rashawn failed the first grade. Worse, his teachers didn’t even realize that he knew how to read. But rather than work to improve his vocabulary and get him up to grade level, the D.C. Public School System placed Rashawn in special-education classes. Kelley knew his son was smart but wasn’t being well-served by his...
  • Free to Choose?

    Americans' affirmation of the "right to choose" is a feature of our national identity. No matter where you go or what you're doing, chances are you are confronted with a plethora of choices. Go to the supermarket and you are confronted with a dizzying array of options for each and every product you wish to buy. Seventeen brands of Greek style yogurt. Forty-five flavors of coffee creamer. Thirty-seven different kinds of peanut butter. The same may be said of cell phone carriers, automobiles, clothing brands... you name it. The freedom of "choice" also figures prominently in the political realm, and...
  • Score One For The Kids: Washington and Georgia Produce An Election Night Highlight

    11/11/2012 2:16:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2012 | Austin Hill
    You’ve probably seen the post-election headlines: private sector employers in the U.S. have begun slashing jobs, attributing their economic hardship to President Obama’s healthcare and environmental policies. But did you hear how some Americans actually voted for some really good things – things that can make for a brighter future? It’s sad to see what our country has chosen. Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 on a pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry (if you don’t believe me watch the video on Youtube), and the Obamacare taxes and fees levied against healthcare technology companies are downright onerous. So once it was...
  • Landmark California school law wins key court ruling

    10/19/2012 10:28:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/19/12 | Dan Walters
    Gloria Romero grew up in Barstow, the daughter of a railroad worker, and like many of the desert community's young, left for the big city – in her case Los Angeles, where she earned advanced degrees, and became a college professor and later a Democratic state legislator. By happenstance, however, Romero's most important legislation – empowering parents to take control of failing public schools – is making its first impact in Adelanto, just a few miles from Barstow. This week, a San Bernardino County judge ordered Adelanto's school board to stop stalling and grant the charter school petition of parents...
  • [Atlanta] ruling: school boards can’t use taxpayer money to oppose charter amendment

    10/04/2012 12:22:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | October 3, 2012 | Wayne Washington
    School boards are not permitted to use taxpayer money to oppose the charter schools amendment, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens wrote in a letter to Superintendent John Barge Wednesday. His letter – which followed complaints about boards’ actions on that issue — doesn’t appear likely to end the argument. Rather than provide clarity, the letter itself became a sort of political Rorschach test, with amendment supporters and opponents interpreting it in starkly different ways. And superintendents and board members said they plan to press the case against an amendment they believe will lead to more charter schools and less money...
  • Best Moment of the Republican Convention

    09/24/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    Even though I’ve been fortunate to attend a few national conventions, I still get a thrill when I meet (for the first time) a favorite politician to whom I’ve donated money, or one of pundits that I read on a daily basis. (My wife would stop at nothing to get a picture with Bret Baier of Fox News.) Or it may be a particular speech. But at this year’s convention, my most special memory was a movie. Who would have ever thought that, for a guy from Hollywood, schlepping to steamy Tampa would elicit a big screen moment? We were...
  • Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

    09/17/2012 1:10:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2012 | Star Parker
    It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor. Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents? The answer, of course, is neither side. Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city. No one solely represents the interests of the kids. It’s not to say that the union or the mayor has no interest in...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Makes War On Kids And Parents

    09/10/2012 5:12:49 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 19, 2012
    Public Employee Unions: In a city with double-digit unemployment, teachers who can't be fired and who make more than double what their students' parents make, have gone on strike. Anyone for school choice? Public sector unions reared their burdensome and inefficient head Monday when some 25,000 unionized Chicago Public School teachers went on strike, unhappy with a salary the parents of their students can only envy, leaving 350,000 students and their overtaxed parents struggling in the educational lurch. The Chicago Teachers Union walked away from a contract offer that amounted to a 16% raise over four years for the average...
  • Tough truths about charters, Siphoning students from private schools is not a viable path to reform

    09/06/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09.06.12 | Adam B. Schaeffer
    Is it possible for charter schools to increase educational options and diversity in the public school system but decrease diversity overall; to spend less money than regular public schools but cost taxpayers more overall, and to outperform regular public schools but decrease achievement overall? Unfortunately, it is not only possible but is happening in cities across the nation. This mix of intended and unintended outcomes is what’s known as the “charter school paradox,” which hints at the uneasy place these relatively new educational options have in our society. But it is only a paradox if we take a narrow view...
  • Charters Enticing Private School Families

    09/06/2012 7:05:26 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 6 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 6, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A recent report from the Cato Institute highlights a different type of competition fostered by school choice: public versus private. As Adam Schaeffer discusses in the report, charter schools, since they are government subsidized, are enticing parents away from the private education sector and back into the public school system. This increases the number of students on the education rolls and thereby leads to increased taxpayer costs. “We [Schaeffer and Richard Buddin] estimate that charter schools took approximately 190,000 students from private schools between 2000 and 2008,” writes Schaeffer. “These students required an additional $1.8 billion in annual public expenditures.”...
  • School Choice Bipartisanship?

    08/28/2012 10:04:34 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 7 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | August 28, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    President Barack Obama recently gave speeches on higher and K-12 education, making it likely that educational policy is a subject of interest this campaign season. Professor Kevin Welner of the University of Colorado said on August 23, that he thought education was “shaping up to be a major issue” this election cycle. “The president has devoted the past week to education, starting with a radio address on Saturday and continuing with a swing through Ohio and then yesterday he was in Las Vegas talking about budget cuts and teachers and growing class size,” said Welner, also the Director of the...
  • Vouchers Boosting College Enrollment

    08/25/2012 6:05:48 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 10 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | August 25, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A recent study issued by the Brookings Institution and the Harvard Kennedy School examines how a voucher program boosted college enrollment rates among African Americans. However, according to the study’s authors, the New York City voucher program run by the School Choice Scholarships Foundation Program (SCSF) did not demonstrate a significant impact on participant’s enrollment in college overall. “We find no overall impacts on college enrollments, but we do find large, statistically significant positive impacts on the college going of African American students who participated in the study,” state the researchers, Matthew M. Chingos and Professor Paul E. Peterson in...