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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...
  • Rethink Closing Wildwood Catholic High School (School Choice)

    01/27/2010 7:59:32 AM PST · by incredulous joe · 16 replies · 493+ views
    Cape May County Herald ^ | 27 JAN 2010 | incredulous joe
    CREST HAVEN – Cape May County Freeholders on Tuesday, Jan. 26 were set to pass a resolution asking that the Diocese of Camden reconsider its intention to close Wildwood Catholic High School which is located in the community of North Wildwood. Director Daniel Beyel said, “It would normally be outside the scope of the Board to express any opinions or voice any statements pertaining to the policy or decision making of the Roman Catholic Church. However, the recent decision of the Diocese of Camden to close Wildwood Catholic High School has such far reaching implications to Cape May County that...
  • Limits Are Likely On D.C. School Vouchers (Lib truth alert)

    12/13/2009 12:07:27 PM PST · by khnyny · 7 replies · 520+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2009 | Michael Birnbaum
    Congress appears likely to keep the D.C. voucher program closed to new students but open to current ones, curtailing the hopes of advocates who had pressed for a full revival of the controversial program. The news is buried deep within a thousand-page omnibus spending bill released Monday by a joint conference of House and Senate Appropriations Committee members. The proposal allocates $13.2 million to vouchers and would tighten accountability measures for schools that participate in the program, which provides low-income D.C. students with up to $7,500 to attend private schools. Bringing further upheaval to the program, the Washington Scholarship Fund,...
  • SAT RAP (Video)

    11/23/2009 3:54:44 PM PST · by bs9021 · 227+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | November 23, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    SAT Rap (Video) Bethany Stotts, November 23, 2009 Can the SAT be cool? The makers of this motivational video certainly try. “Relax” by Charta Squad [Video at link] YouTube user “Elka131” writes that the video is “created by teachers at the Believe High Schools in Brooklyn, NY.” Nancy Griesemer at The Examiner and Eric Hoover at Tweed attribute it to Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS), which is part of a network of three charters in Brooklyn, NY. WCHS serves a low-income community (79% of students were eligible for a free lunch in the 2005-06 academic year)....
  • CUNY's got math problem: Report shows many freshmen from city HS fail at basic algebra

    11/12/2009 10:45:24 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 2,175+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | November 12th 2009 | Joel Schectman and Rachel Monahan
    More city kids are graduating from high school, but that doesn't mean they can do college math. Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen - suggesting city schools aren't preparing them... "These results are shocking," ... "They show that a disturbing proportion of New York City high school graduates lack basic skills." During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem... Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal. The lack of math skills means the...
  • D.C. Exports School Choice

    11/03/2009 9:56:21 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 196+ views
    Accuracy in Academia- Faculty Lounge ^ | November 3, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    D.C. Exports School Choice Bethany Stotts, November 3, 2009 This week Virginia Walden-Ford, executive director of D.C. Parents for School Choice, will be traveling to Kentucky to a rally supporting state legislation for charter schools. “Ford brings her message the ‘parents deserve a choice so kids can have a chance’ to Louisville this Friday,” states the Bluegrass Institute press release. “She will speak at a rally on Friday at 7p.m. in the multipurpose facility at Midwest Church of Christ, 2115 Garland Ave…..” Walden-Ford has fought hard for the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provided vouchers for underprivileged students attending the...
  • Silencing Voices for School Choice

    10/30/2009 8:21:00 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 2 replies · 479+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 27, 2009 | Silencing Voices for School Choice
    Attorney General Eric Holder tries to kill a TV ad supporting D.C. school vouchers. President Obama isn't taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled. Former D.C. Councilmember Kevin Chavous of D.C. Children First said October 16 that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had recently approached him and told him to kill the ad. The 30-second ad, which has been airing on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and News Channel 8 to viewers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, urges the president to reauthorize the...
  • A Charter for Achievement

    10/20/2009 1:26:26 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 163+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 20, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    A Charter for Achievement Allie Winegar Duzett, October 20, 2009 While bureaucrats everywhere puzzle over how to make public school test scores look good, one charter school principal has figured out how to make them go up without score keeping gimmicks. Ben Chavis is a unique man with an uncommon background: he grew up as a sharecropper on a Native American reservation in North Carolina, and today he leads and operates an impressive charter school—for fun. Every year, Chavis donates his salary back to the school, and uses the money to take the oldest class of children to visit Washington,...
  • Education and Taxation (video at link)

    10/02/2009 8:23:16 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 192+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 2, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    Education and Taxation (video at link) by: Sarah Carlsruh, October 02, 2009 This week’s Conservative Bloggers Briefing at the Heritage Foundation highlighted two hot topics: school choice and taxes. Virginia Walden-Ford, executive director of the D.C. Black Alliance for Educational Options, spoke to bloggers this Tuesday about the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which, she insinuated, the Obama administration would like to end. This scholarship program, argued Walden-Ford, provides kids the chance to escape the violence at D.C. public schools, adding that “These families come from some of the worst schools in D.C.” Walden-Ford told bloggers that President Barack Obama...
  • Choosing Schools in Nebraska

    10/01/2009 10:33:37 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 619+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 1, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Choosing Schools in Nebraska by: Allie Winegar Duzett, October 01, 2009 School choice has long been a topic of debate among those concerned with American education. Should the government have a monopoly over education? Or should Americans instead be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to schools that could compete with the government’s public school system? Paul DiPerna of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently interviewed 1,200 “likely” Nebraskan voters to see how residents of the state feel about issues with education, including school choice. The study has a 95% confidence level. DiPerna’s study found that Nebraska’s...
  • Bluegrass Blues

    09/10/2009 12:50:22 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 188+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 10, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    Bluegrass Blues by: Sarah Carlsruh, September 10, 2009 It turns out that not many parents in the Bluegrass state want their children to attend public school. Paul DiPerna, author of School Choice Survey in the State: Kentucky’s Opinion on K-12 Education and School Choice, found that people are not happy with the current public school system. This August 2009 study is of Kentucky voters’ opinions on their state’s school system. Strategic Vision, a public relations agency, conducted this survey by making live phone calls to a random sample of 1,200 likely Kentucky voters. Its screening questions were such as to...
  • Community Organizes for Vouchers

    08/25/2009 8:11:30 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 233+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 25, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    Community Organizes for Vouchers by: Anthony Kang, August 25, 2009 On August 20th, dozens of elementary students and parents gathered in front of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) in a daytime vigil organized by D.C. Parents for School Choice as part of their SaveThe216 campaign to save the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The D.C. OSP is part of a three-sector education initiative for public schools, charters schools, and OSP participants. The program, which provides low-income children with scholarships of up to $7,500 allowing parents to choose the education they believe is best for their children, was passed...
  • Parental Rights, School Choice and the Homosexual Agenda

    07/29/2009 6:38:46 PM PDT · by tcg · 12 replies · 1,022+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/29/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Members of the activist homosexual community have decided to advance their cultural revolution, in spite of the rights of parents, by using children and the willing administration in some school systems. The Pacific Justice Institute is representing the parents in that area, free of charge. Rather than deal with the specific incident, I want to address the broader problem, the growing failure in some public school districts to respect parental rights. I also want to affirm the Catholic teaching on the primary role of parents in the lives of their children and in education. The Church is in favor of...
  • Choice, Not Echo

    12/17/2008 5:38:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 339+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 17, 2008
    Education: Barack Obama's choice for education secretary tried to run Chicago schools like a business. As with most monopolies without competition, the result was an inferior product at high cost.Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools since 2001, has garnered much praise for his efforts to improve them. But his efforts have largely amounted to pouring new wine into old bottles with little to show for them. Duncan holds a degree in sociology, not education. He supports higher teacher pay and more training but has done little to loosen the teachers' unions' grip on education. Like the UAW, these...
  • Bashing Career Colleges

    07/22/2009 7:43:24 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 551+ views
    Democrats have promised to make college education another taxpayer-financed entitlement, but some post-secondary schools appear to be more favored than others. Specifically, for-profit institutions are becoming political targets, notwithstanding their generally strong educational record. Often called career colleges, for-profit schools don’t rank with the Ivies for prestige. But schools like Devry or Kaplan that specialize in computer technology, physical therapy and other tangible skills provide a valuable service in training young and even not-so-young people to compete in our information economy.
  • email from VEA Teacher's Union on McDonnell vs. Deeds (BARF ALERT)

    06/25/2009 7:52:04 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 272+ views
    June 25, 2009 Dear xxxxxx, As we decide which gubernatorial candidate to support, the fact that Deeds and McDonnell have voting records is significant. Kaine, having come to the Mansion by the way of local government, had no state level voting record to back his words. Deeds and McDonnell have shown their true stripes as they have voted over many years and many session in the Virginia General Assembly. The VEA Fund (formerly known as VEA-PAC) has not recommended a candidate, so I find myself in the delightful position of being able to discuss the positions the candidates are taking...
  • School of Future Shock

    06/05/2009 9:02:29 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 5, 2009 | Alana Goodman
    School of Future Shock by: Alana Goodman, June 05, 2009 At Philadelphia’s School of the Future (SOF), textbooks have been replaced with laptops and high schoolers are taught core curriculum through technology-based programs like YouTube and instant messenger. SOF is a charter school in the Philadelphia School District serving mostly low-income students, and was created through a 2006 partnership with the Microsoft Corporation. But the school, once hailed as “the next big thing” by National Public Radio, is struggling to live up to these high expectations. SOF’s original goals were to supply each student with a laptop computer that he...
  • Saving Milwaukee’s Best

    06/04/2009 5:18:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 627+ views
    National Review ^ | June 4, 2009
    Milwaukee is home to America’s most vibrant school-choice program: More than 20,000 students participate, almost all of them minorities. They have made academic gains and boast higher graduation rates than their peers in public schools. They even save money for taxpayers. Inevitably, Democrats in the state capital are trying to eviscerate the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. They’ve wanted to gut school choice for years, at the behest of teacher-union patrons who believe education should be a government monopoly. Until recently, Republicans have stood in the way. That changed following last year’s elections. Now, for the first time since the advent...
  • Obama Officially Cuts School Choice Voucher Program, Will Offer Current Students an Extension

    TWO VIDEOS: Obama said that he would allow students currently enrolled in the program to finish up through high school, but that no new students would be allowed to enter the program. Thus, a president who exercises school choice himself, has consigned thousands of low-income students to attend massively underperforming D.C. public schools.
  • DC Vouchers Rhee-Visited

    05/15/2009 9:39:52 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 15, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    DC Vouchers Rhee-Visited by: Bethany Stotts, May 15, 2009 On May 5, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee told a symposium on innovation in education that she doesn’t care whether education providers earn a profit if they are effective. “Textbook companies, food service companies, they all don’t do a whole lot of great stuff but they all make a ton of money off of kids,” she argued. Rhee later added that for her the “bottom line” for her is a) “what is this organization going to deliver,” b) “what guarantees are they going to make,” and c) “how are they going...
  • Obama's decision to end School Choice in DC

    05/07/2009 9:49:21 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 16 replies · 958+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | Editorial
    Fighting to save the District's popular school-voucher program, some 1,000 parents, pupils and politicians gathered near Mayor Adrian Fenty's office on Wednesday to protest Congress' plans to end school choice in Washington. That same day, the Senate approved a $4,500 voucher for cars, encouraging citizens to trade in their old automobiles for newer ones that burn less fuel. So, Congress thinks that vouchers for schools are bad, but vouchers for cars are good. Slashing school vouchers spares teachers' unions from competition. On the other hand, car vouchers are supposed to boost demand for cars built by the United Auto Workers....
  • One Small Leap for Vouchers

    05/07/2009 1:43:37 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 147+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | May 7, 2009 | Colette Moran
    I celebrated too soon. I heard that the President had changed his mind about school vouchers in D.C. and I was all set to cheer a great "change." Then of course, I hear that he has only suggested that the children already in the program continue to be covered until they graduate high school.*sigh*  Not the ringing endorsement I had hoped for, and wrote about in March. ( )But not all hope is lost, I think. After all, Barack Obama has promised to "fund what works." Yes, I can be an eternal optimist in some respects. Here is my latest pie-in-the-sky...
  • D.C. Families Fight for School Choice

    05/07/2009 1:10:59 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 9 replies · 424+ views
    "This afternoon, more than 1,000 students, parents, and concerned citizens gathered across from city hall to rally in support of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program. A number of prominent D.C. leaders spoke, including former mayor Anthony Williams and former councilmember Kevin Chavous....."
  • Obama Proposes Extending D.C. Voucher Program [flips his flop]

    05/06/2009 11:17:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 43 replies · 1,144+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5-6-09 | Shailagh Murray
    President Obama will seek to extend the controversial D.C. school voucher program until all 1,716 participants have graduated from high school, although no new students will be accepted, according to an administration official who has reviewed budget details scheduled for release tomorrow. The budget documents, which expand on the fiscal 2010 blueprint that Congress approved last month by outlining Obama's priorities in detail, would provide $12.2 million for the Opportunity Scholarship Program for the 2009-2010 school year. The new language also would revise current law that makes further funding for existing students contingent on Congress's reauthorization of the program beyond...
  • Protesters Blast Congress for Axing D.C. Vouchers While Sending Own Kids to Private School

    05/06/2009 2:56:26 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies · 932+ views
    fox news ^ | 5/6/2009 | fox news
    Supporters of a celebrated school voucher program in Washington rallied near the mayor's office Wednesday to save the scholarships from being slashed by Congress -- nearly 40 percent of whose members send their own children to private schools. An estimated 1,000 parents, children and community leaders attended the afternoon protest in Washington's Freedom Plaza, where they called on D.C. politicians to help preserve a federal school choice program that currently assists more than 1,700 students with scholarships worth up to $7,500. "Several years ago many of us in this good city worked very hard to get a program going with...
  • VIDEO: Obama Voters Slam Obama: Directly Ask Obama "Why" He's Taking Scholarships Away.

    05/05/2009 1:39:55 PM PDT · by wrrock · 34 replies · 1,889+ views
    In this 'must see' and very 'powerful' video, Obama voters slam Obama for destroying a very successful school choice program in the name of politics. The parents are furious and plan to ask Obama he is doing this when they marched for him... can he take this wonderful program away. Watch,
  • Arne Duncan's Choice

    05/05/2009 9:23:08 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 5 replies · 383+ views
    WSJ ^ | 5/5/09
    Washington, D.C.'s school voucher program for low-income kids isn't dead yet. But the Obama Administration seems awfully eager to expedite its demise. About 1,700 kids currently receive $7,500 vouchers to attend private schools under the Opportunity Scholarship Program, and 99% of them are black or Hispanic. The program is a huge hit with parents -- there are four applicants for every available scholarship -- and the latest Department of Education evaluation showed significant academic gains. Nevertheless, Congress voted in March to phase out the program after the 2009-10 school year unless it is reauthorized by Congress and the D.C. City...
  • School Choice is Not Just for the Rich

    05/05/2009 7:35:00 AM PDT · by ToddThurman · 5 replies · 291+ views
    The Right Voice ^ | 5/4/09 | Todd Thurman
    In the recently passed Omnibus Spending Bill, there was a lot of spending and little cutting. Not much cutting, but one important cut that affects the poorest families in Washington, DC. Why would liberals, who claim to be the party of the working poor and the party of social justice, be against a program that only helps the poorest kids in the worst schools? That’s a good question. Why Mr. President?
  • This is Not Working (The Silent Majority isn't good enough. It's time for more demonstrations!)

    04/30/2009 12:17:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,482+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2009 | Robert West
    We have learned a few things from this presidential campaign season and Barack Obama's first 100 days in office.  First, and to our untold horror, we have discovered that Barack Obama can in fact successfully hide who he is and his vision for our country.  Prior to the election, any person of good judgment could readily understand who this man was and where he would likely take this country.  The signs were all there.  Now in power, he enacts his socialist policies in plain sight with little concern that the American public will strenuously object.  So why is it that...
  • DC Voucher Destruction A Stain On Obama's Honor, Credibility; Republicans Should Fix It

    04/24/2009 10:36:37 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 12 replies · 601+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 24 Apr 09 | Unknown
    I haven't posted about this until now because I'm still trying to get over the idea that the Obama administration would deliberately victimize minority school kids in Washington, DC over partisan politics. Outrage is simply to mild a term for what was done here. In case our readers have missed this, during the previous administration a pilot voucher program was set up in DC to offer "scholarships" (vouchers) to some 1,700 public-school students in the District of Columbia so they could attend the private schools of their schoice. The program cost just $15 million, which came out to $7,500 per...
  • A Blunder on School Choice

    04/21/2009 9:39:06 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 1 replies · 288+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 04/21/2009 | Selkirk
    President Obama has never been a champion of school choice. Although he committed himself to be known as the Education President, he has never been shy about showing disdain for voucher programs that put parents, especially poor parents, in greater control of their children's education. D.C. has always been the exception, at least to some degree. Upon taking office, Obama made it clear that he would not take any action to end the D.C. voucher system. Facing incontrovertible statistics that demonstrate just how successful the voucher program has been in the Nation's Capital, he could not afford to take a...