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  • School Districts Everywhere .. Taxpayers .. Fund Democrat Campaigns Nationwide

    04/27/2018 6:57:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 06, 2017 | Joy Overbeck
    In Douglas County, Colorado, the front line of the fight for school choice and vouchers on the SCOTUS level, Republican voters outnumber Democrats about two to one. Yet until recently, Republican taxpayers .. paying about $1.25 million a year to fund Democrats’ political campaigns. How so? Most of the district’s 4,300 plus teachers belonged to the local American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union, to which they paid about $1.25 million in dues annually, according to the union’s IRS filings. Since teachers’ salaries are paid by the county’s property tax payers, their dues come out of those salaries. So the $1.25...
  • Success Academy

    02/14/2018 8:38:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2018 | John Stossell
    Kids who attend New York City's Success Academy charter schools do remarkably well. "We are No. 1 in student achievement in the state," says founder Eva Moskowitz, "outperforming all the wealthy suburbs." They do. Although they teach mostly poor kids, 95 percent pass the state math test, and 84 percent pass the English test. Pass rates at government run schools are 38 and 41 percent. How does Success Academy do it? For one thing, she keeps kids in class longer. Middle schoolers stay until 4:30 p.m. Is that too much stress for kids, I ask? "China and India are not...
  • School Choice Can Help Defeat Poverty—But Only If Government Gets Out of the Way

    01/26/2018 9:02:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2018 | Teresa Mull
    This week, 6.7 million people are gathering to celebrate and demand more school choice at some 30,000 events and rallies nationwide, yet government schools continue to usurp the role of parents at an alarming pace.Parents intrinsically want to raise and oversee the care of their own children; it’s human nature to want the best for your offspring. But despite their inherent desires and supplications for educational freedom, the American education elite continue to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to what the overwhelming majority of people want.But that’s only part of the story. Education freedom isn’t just about...
  • Trump Acknowledges National School Choice Week

    01/24/2018 7:39:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2018 | Star Parker
    Amidst the ongoing political noise and distractions in Washington, D.C., President Trump continues to focus on and address the nation's most deep-seated problems. In the wake of signing a temporary funding bill to get the government back open, the president directed attention to one of our biggest problems: Education. Trump proclaimed the week of Jan. 22 as National School Choice Week. National School Choice Week began in 2011. Trump's proclamation notes a commitment to "a future of unprecedented educational achievement and freedom of choice." We have a president keenly aware of the need to fundamentally change the status quo in...
  • Christmas comes early for proponents of school choice

    12/22/2017 9:46:19 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 23, 2017 | Jackson Richman
    Proponents of school choice are sharing in President Trump’s first major legislative victory, the signing of the Republican tax reform bill on Friday. Under the to-be-updated tax code, thanks to a provision introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,, parents will be able to use 529 plans, a form of savings account, to pay not only for college, as is currently the case, but also toward expenses for K-12 schooling, including private school tuition. The provision originally included home schooling costs, but was stripped from the final bill after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that part ineligible under budget reconciliation rules —...
  • The Congressional Black Caucus: Purveyors of Black Urban Decline

    11/03/2017 4:18:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2017 | Sheriff David Clarke (RET)
    AmericaÂ’s urban communities need a reformation. So why do they keep electing Democrats whose progressive policies hold them hostage on the plantation of liberal ideology? Every week a prominent Democrat is in the news labeling their opposition as racist as if it is some sort of sport. Do you support school choice that helps struggling black parents endgenerational poverty? Racist. Call out black crime rates that disproportionately claim black victims? Racist. Criticize the welfare state that keeps black people hooked on government handouts? Racist. Are you a Republican? Automatic racist. And if youÂ’re a black conservative like I am, itÂ’s...
  • Denver school board election mailer’s false statement about ‘for-profit charter school’ ...

    10/27/2017 7:43:02 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 4 replies
    Denverite ^ | October 26, 2017 12:43 pm | Eric Gorski
    School board elections, like all elections, brim with harsh accusations, cherry-picked data and political posturing. An election mailer from an independent committee trying to influence the outcome of a hard-fought race in northeast Denver goes a step further, falsely stating that the school district is “ceding space to a for-profit charter school” on one of its campuses.
  • A Local School Board Election Can Change the Nation

    10/25/2017 7:24:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2017 | Star Parker
    Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill famously observed, "All politics is local." We have a particularly sharp example in an upcoming school board election in Douglas County, Colorado that has far-reaching national implications. At issue is the Blaine Amendment, which appears in constitutions of 38 states. The Blaine Amendment prohibits appropriation of public funds to any religiously affiliated institution. Each state has its own wording for this provision, but the bottom line is the same in each state -- no public money for anything having to do with religion. The Blaine Amendment issue at the center of the upcoming school board...
  • NFL kneelers - How about standing for school choice

    10/23/2017 7:34:51 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2017 | John Conlin
    Hey NFL kneelers. So you are upset that far too many poor black and brown kids are getting screwed by “the system”? Me too. Although I am a person of pallor, in my business travels I’ve been to some of the toughest neighborhoods in this country. I’ve seen the reality these kids face. Far too many are literally screwed from the womb and other than a minuscule chance of making it to pro sports like you all have, the opportunity of a quality education is their one and only hope. Yet the schools they are forced to attend are a...
  • Charter Schools Help NYC

    10/13/2017 7:52:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 13, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The evidence piles up that in our largest city, charter schools can help the poor, even while the city's traditional public schools continue to pile up an abysmal record. Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that in New York City public schools: • "The new results for charter students represent an increase of 22 days of learning in reading compared to their results four years ago. Results for math have remained the same. • "For Black and Hispanic students, the analysis indicates a significant academic advantage from charter school enrollment. • "Hispanic charter school students perform at...
  • The dam holding back school choice will soon collapse

    10/02/2017 1:21:21 PM PDT · by HLPhat · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02 Oct 2017 | Washington Examiner - Opinion
    The teachers' unions blockade, which deprives poor children of good education, is starting to crack. The latest fissures are created by a study of the country's largest private school choice program. According to researchers, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which provides vouchers, increased college enrollment rates by about 6 percentage points for students who participated at all. For those who were in the program for four or more years, the college enrollment rate was as much as 17 points higher. Before anyone leaps to suggest that this really just means those schools cream off the best students, opponents of...
  • To Defend Public Schools, the Hard Left Puts On the Tinfoil Hat

    07/31/2017 2:03:43 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | July 31, 2017 | David French
    One of the more amusing aspects of life as a conservative Christian is reading liberals writing about conservative Christians — especially writing about conservative Christian political causes. There’s a formula. First, you’re told there are “dog whistle” or “hidden” reasons for the use of common terms. Second, these hidden reasons trace back to racists and Christian dominionists. Third, and finally, if you use this common language and advance mainstream conservative Christian ideas, you’re actually advancing racism and theocracy. The plot is revealed. The true agenda is laid bare.
  • It's Time For High School 2.0

    05/06/2017 5:24:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/5/2017 | Kevin Teasley
    Are we "doing" high school right these days? Is it enough to say we have improved our schools by offering more electives, more AP courses, IB classes, and STEM programs? Is that impactful enough, or at all? These are inputs, not outputs, and they are no guarantee to students that they will get a job or get into the college they want to attend when they graduate. So, again, are we doing high schools right, today? As the issue of school choice heats up, this is a question that needs an answer. If the choice is between two schools that...
  • Charter Schools Prove Even Slight Separation from Government Yields Better Results

    05/05/2017 7:40:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2017 | Teresa Mull
    It’s National Charter Schools Week, and parents, students, teachers, and community members across the nation are celebrating the success of their independent schools.Charters are technically public schools, since they’re publicly funded, tuition-free, and open to all students, but they’re privately managed and held to higher accountability standards than traditional public schools in exchange for increased flexibility in other areas.Charters, just like any institution contaminated by governmental mandates and bungled by burdensome bureaucracy, are far from ideal. But they do offer at least some alternatives to the failing, traditional public school system that segregates children into schools based on an arbitrary ZIP code....
  • Federal Vouchers or Trojan Horse?

    05/03/2017 8:48:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 3, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Left has predictably objected to the Trump Administration's proposal to, in essence, offer federal vouchers to American children in order to attend the school of their choice. Nevertheless, there is some division on the right about the wisdom of this approach. "Every spending increase has been accompanied by a plethora of federal regulations," Tom Carroll, the president of Invest in Education, said last week at a forum co-sponsored by The Fordham Institute and the Hoover Institution. "Tax credits come with fewer restrictions." And he's for it. "Research shows vouchers come with more federal regulations than tax credits but tax...
  • Gallup Poll: Americans Agree on Federal Funding for School Choice

    04/17/2017 8:13:01 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 35 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 17, 2017 | Spencer Irvine
    A recent Gallup poll found bipartisan support for federal funding of school choice programs. "The other two Trump proposals that generate more agreement than disagreement from Americans are cutting taxes for the middle class and providing federal funding for school-choice programs that allow students to attend any private or public school," Gallup reported. "Republicans strongly support both of these proposals, and Democrats are more likely to agree than disagree with them, although by slim margins." In its "National School Choice Poll" the American Federation for Children (AFC) found that 68% of likely voters support school choice, and 72% supported the...
  • Arizona Democrat Said He Wants to Punch Female Colleague In Throat Over School Choice Bill

    04/15/2017 8:58:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2017 | Brent Scher
    An Arizona Democrat said that he "wanted to punch" a female Republican colleague in the state legislature "in the throat" over the passage of school choice legislation she introduced . . . Lesko's bill, passed by the legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey last week, made all of Arizona's students eligible for the state's voucher system. Rubalcava is currently under investigation by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission for possible violations during the 2016 election
  • Arizona Considers the Nation’s First Universal School-Choice Program

    04/07/2017 10:03:52 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | April 6, 2017 | Alexandra Desanctis
    Arizona could soon become the first state in the nation to institute a universal school-choice program. And because the state already has a successful, but more limited, program in place — a funding system that has been expanded several times over the last few years — there is a solid foundation on which to build the effort. The bill to expand the program could land on Arizona governor Doug Ducey’s desk as early as this week. It has already passed the education committees in both chambers of the state legislature and, since there is just a month left in the...
  • Melania Trump visits school with Jordan's queen and DeVos

    04/05/2017 1:00:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    KALB-TV ^ | April 5, 2017 | The Associated Press
    First lady Melania Trump is visiting a Washington charter school with Queen Rania of Jordan and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The queen, who has become known for her education advocacy, is in Washington with her husband, King Abdullah II, who is meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. Wednesday's visit to Excel Academy Public Charter School was meant to highlight the Trump administration's focus on school choice....
  • Groups suing to block state funds for private schools

    03/21/2017 7:37:25 AM PDT · by davikkm · 24 replies
    DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Public school advocates are suing to block the state of Michigan from helping private schools with the cost of complying with state requirements such as immunization reporting and safety drills. The lawsuit will be filed later Tuesday in the Court of Claims. The Michigan Association of School Boards and groups representing school administrators and others said at a news conference that spending $2.5 million in the current state budget on nonpublic schools is unconstitutional.