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  • Parents are the First Teachers: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Important School Choice

    11/04/2010 8:44:46 AM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/4/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On November 3, 2010, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Kathleen M. Winn. The Court was asked to consider the constitutionality of an Arizona law which gives residents a State tax credit when they donate to what are called "School Tuition organizations." These organizations in turn provide assistance to students. Arizona has at least 55 of these "School Tuition Organizations". They have distributed $50 million to 27,000 students. These grants have enabled needy students to attend 370 private schools in grades K-12. This includes religious schools, if the parents so choose....
  • Dear Obama, You attended private school. So do your kids. Give other black children that chance

    10/02/2010 12:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 2, 2010 | Maureen Downey
    Check out today’s ad in The New York Times by the civil rights leader Kevin P. Chavous, chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, condemning President Obama for his failure to support school choice nationwide. (The alliance advocates for vouchers and is supported by several pro school choice foundations, including the Walton Family Foundation.) Chavous asks President Obama to endorse school vouchers, saying that the president himself attended the most elite school in Hawaii because of scholarships. At the risk of being pilloried, I have to point out that the evidence is not strong that vouchers have dramatically improved...
  • ‘Superman’ strikes

    09/26/2010 3:23:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 26, 2010 | Editorial
    It’s the film the teachers unions don’t want you to see. The revelatory documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” opened Friday to parents’ cheers — and union howls. The film follows five families trying desperately to escape failing traditional public schools in favor of charter schools — and it profiles education reformers rebuilding a national school system that’s in ruins. The unions panned the flick, naturally: It exposes how they drag kids down into the swamp, spotlighting how bad teachers are passed from school to school and how all-but-automatic tenure allows even the worst teachers to stay on the job. But...
  • Elite For-Profit Schools Chase a Growing Market

    09/21/2010 10:16:23 AM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 September 2010 | Jenny Anderson
    The British International School of New York offers spacious waterfront classrooms, small computers encased in rubber for small people who tend to drop them, and a pool for the once-a-week swimming classes required for all students. But there is nothing within its halls or on its Web site that indicates what differentiates British International from the teeming masses of expensive private schools in New York: It is run for profit. It is one of a small number of large for-profit schools that have opened recently or plan to open in New York City next year. While they are a speck...
  • The NEA's Latest Shenanigans

    08/30/2010 1:01:06 PM PDT · by fromscratchmom · 5 replies ^ | Aug 2010 | Phyllis Schlafly
    What does diversity mean to you? Same-sex marriage? Building a giant mosque on the 9/11 spot in New York? Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court? To the largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA), diversity means celebrating the anniversary of the Communist takeover of China by Mao Zedong. The NEA posted this on its website calendar as a diversity event for Oct. 1. Thankfully, we live in a wonderful era when parents, tea partiers, conservatives and students can rapidly spread the news ignored by the mainstream media. After this activity suggestion for teachers was reported on World Net Daily,...
  • We're All Right-Wing Bastards Now

    08/30/2010 9:51:08 AM PDT · by fromscratchmom · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2010 | Larry Sand
    We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now —that is, if the NEA’s logic is to be believed. On the final day of the National Education Association’s convention last summer, its outgoing general counsel, Bob Chanin, gave a speech for the ages. After sharing fond recollections of his 41 years as the NEA’s top lawyer, he switched gears and started lobbing grenades at “conservative and right-wing bastards,” including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. The NEA and its affiliates, by contrast, were “the nation’s leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal social and economic agenda that these groups...
  • Executive Privilege

    08/12/2010 9:57:21 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 12, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The same politicians set to lay federal largesse on public school teachers and deny the poor vouchers that would allow them to attend higher performing private schools in turn send their kids to…..private schools. “President Obama, who at age 10 used a scholarship to attend a private school in Hawaii, isn’t the only one practicing school choice while taking others’ opportunities away,” Candi Cushman writes in the August/ September 2010 issue of Citizen magazine. “According to an informal survey of Congress conducted by the Heritage Foundation, approximately 44 percent of senators and 36 percent of representatives with school-age children have...
  • School choice bill in Trouble - 'Stalemate' over scholarship plan

    07/27/2010 8:54:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies ^ | July 14, 2010 | PATRICIA ALEX
    A bill that would allow more public schools to offer seats to out-of-district students has passed the Legislature and is awaiting Governor Christie's signature. The idea for the expanded school choice program was tried out on a pilot basis. While still in the trial stage, it led to the creation of the Academies@Englewood, which drew students from other school districts and was aimed at desegregating Dwight Morrow High School. But the new legislation is unlikely to have much of an impact in North Jersey where most cash-strapped schools are operating at capacity and officials say they are not in a...
  • For Hire Or Charter

    07/08/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT · by bs9021
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | July 8, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    For Hire or Charter Bethany Stotts, July 8, 2010 In their interim report on a National Study of Charter Management Organization Effectiveness, Mathematica and the Center on Reinventing Public Education contrast charter management organizations (CMOs) with coexisting public school districts and explain how the leaders of the former have considerable latitude in terms of hiring, firing and other institutional practices. “In contrast to typical school districts in which school leaders frequently complain about the lack of flexibility in allocating school resources, well over one-third of surveyed CMOs (41 percent) allow their schools to determine the number of teaching positions needed...
  • What the teachers hate

    06/26/2010 3:01:46 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Ever wonder why the teachers unions hate charter schools so much? Here's one reason. State test scores this week showed 100 percent of eighth-graders in the Harlem Village Academies achieved proficiency in science and social studies. By contrast, in Harlem's traditional public schools, only 35 percent of eighth-graders made the grade in science, and 22 percent in social studies. This continues a trend: New York charters -- public schools that operate free of union work rules and bureaucratic mandates -- are wildly outperforming their traditional counterparts in student test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances and other measures.
  • "The Lottery"

    06/24/2010 6:12:03 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 24, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    “The Lottery” Deborah Lambert, June 24, 2010 A new documentary film called “The Lottery” that takes on the topic of charter schools, is getting cheers and jeers from critics and filmgoers. Variety called it “advocacy to the point of propaganda” that creates a “virtual PSA for charter schools and New York’s celebrated Harlem Success Academy in particular.” The film focuses on founder/CEO Eva Moskowitz who has to battle with stupidity, corruption and practically has “to apologize to the New York City Council for being a white woman living in Harlem.” Madeline Sackler, a 27-year-old filmmaker, tells the story of four...
  • Editorial: School Choice Case Headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Restore the Role of Parents

    06/23/2010 4:47:10 AM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/23/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    One of the important public policy issues making its way through the Courts is "school choice" or more accurately, "Parental Choice" - since parents are the ones who should make the educational decision for their children. The unwillingness of those in charge of the Federal Educational Bureaucracy to consider this approach at a time when we all know the educational system is broken exposes the difference between rhetoric and reality. To support "Parental Choice in Education" is to affirm that Parents are the ones who should be able to make the choice of how to best extend their own teaching...
  • Newspapers Across the State Support School Choice (IL)

    05/11/2010 4:09:38 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | 4/26/10 | compliation of newspaper editorials
    Support for Sen. James Meeks' school choice bill is coming in from major newspapers across the state and the Illinois Policy Institute's research has been integral in shaping opinion on the matter.
  • More Than Choice

    05/06/2010 9:32:17 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 72+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 6, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    More than Choice Bethany Stotts, May 6, 2010 At a recent book forum at the American Enterprise Institute, AEI scholar Frederick Hess argued that education reform should move beyond whole-school conceptions of school choice and focus on the dynamics of “supply.” “Now, like I just said previously, opening new schools is only one part of the solution but they’re a useful part of the solution and they’re an important part of the solution but choice doesn’t tell you anything about what’s gonna happen to the supply,” said Hess, discussing his new book Education Unbound: The Promise and Practice of Greenfield...
  • Editorial: Catholic Governor Chris Christie Calls for Parental Choice in Education

    05/06/2010 5:05:54 AM PDT · by tcg · 9 replies · 394+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/6/2010 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Since his election as the first Republican Governor of New Jersey in twelve years, Catholic Governor Christopher J. "Chris" Christie has been making news! He was the keynote speaker at the American Federation of Children National Policy Summit Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 3, 2010. Once again he surprised observers with his candor - and his refreshing willingness to shake up the "same old/same old" approach to politics and public policy. He strongly endorsed parental choice in education or what is often called "School Choice". Governor Christie is a practicing Catholic. ... He was equally frank in addressing...
  • Let D.C. Rise

    04/20/2010 11:56:10 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 161+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 20, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Let D.C. Rise Bethany Stotts, April 20, 2010 D.C. school choice activists and families fighting for the restoration of the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) met together at the Heritage Foundation on April 13 to screen their short documentary, Let Me Rise, which states that it documents “the story of hundreds of families in our nation’s capital fighting for their children’s future…” “…and of millions of others who hope to one day follow in their footsteps,” it continues. A significant portion of the film footage is devoted to showing the faces of parents and families currently involved in the program....
  • School vouchers pass Illinois Senate

    04/02/2010 4:30:49 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 7 replies · 388+ views
    ILLINOIS -- Illinois state senators approved a school voucher measure by a vote of 33-20 on Thursday, March 25. Sponsored by Rev. Sen. James Meeks, Senate Bill 2494 would create a pilot school voucher program for students in struggling Chicago public schools.
  • Education: Too Important for a Government Monopoly

    02/20/2010 1:37:57 PM PST · by Neil Peart · 10 replies · 384+ views
    Townhall ^ | 2-20-10 | John Stossel
    The government-school establishment has said the same thing for decades: Education is too important to leave to the competitive market. If we really want to help our kids, we must focus more resources on the government schools. But despite this mantra, the focus is on something other than the kids. When The Washington Post asked George Parker, head of the Washington, D.C., teachers union, about the voucher program there, he said: "Parents are voting with their feet. ... As kids continue leaving the system, we will lose teachers. Our very survival depends on having kids in D.C. schools so we'll...
  • The Dependency Agenda

    02/14/2010 5:42:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 261+ views ^ | February 14, 2010 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Only two things are infinite -- the expanding universe and Democrats' hostility to the District of Columbia's school choice program. Killing this small program, which currently benefits 1,300 mostly poor and minority children, is odious and indicative. It is a small piece of something large -- the Democrats' dependency agenda, which aims to multiply the ways Americans are dependent on government. Democrats, in their canine devotion to teachers unions, oppose empowering poor children to escape dependency on even terrible government schools. Unions and their poodles say school choice siphons money from public schools. But federal money funds D.C.'s...
  • We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now (if the NEA’s logic is to be believed)

    02/12/2010 1:12:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 684+ views ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | Larry Sand
    On the final day of the National Education Association’s convention last summer, its outgoing general counsel, Bob Chanin, gave a speech for the ages. After sharing fond recollections of his 41 years as the NEA’s top lawyer, he switched gears and started lobbing grenades at “conservative and right-wing bastards,” including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. The NEA and its affiliates, by contrast, were “the nation’s leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal social and economic agenda that these groups find objectionable.” Chanin’s glowing portrait of the NEA was wildly wrong, of course, but so...