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  • Teachers Support School Choice

    01/28/2015 6:15:41 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 28, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    More than half of American teachers support school choice, A Democratic pollster said at the National Press Club on January 22, 2015. “Fifty-five percent of teachers support the concept of school choice,” Debbie Beck said. Beck’s previous clients have included the National Education Association (NEA). “The 2014 election shows that nearly every candidate who campaigned on school choice won,” Kevin Chavous, a former Democratic councilman from Washington, D. C., said at the same event. “Teacher’s unions spent at least $80 million in 2014 to express opposition to candidates supportive of such education reforms—and lost nearly every race,” according to the...
  • D. C. School Choice=Fewer Dropouts

    01/28/2015 5:51:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 27, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Waiting lists are one sign of the desirability of school choice. Graduation rates are another, and they seem to rise in tandem. In Washington, D.C., the “waiting list for students in the DC area for charter schools was 20,000 students,” first-term U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, pointed out in some brief remarks to kick off National School Choice Week at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He compared D.C. public schools to charter schools in the nation’s capital: “About 56% of students graduate [from DCPS]. When you go to an Opportunity Scholarship Program [OSP, also known as a charter school]...
  • Data Show School Choice Works

    01/26/2015 1:22:30 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 1-26-14 | Lindsay Russell
    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveals American schools as world leaders in spending per pupil but underachievers in student academic achievement. American academic performance has improved over time, but only at a rate close to the international average, leaving our relative position stagnant. The national average, however, conceals a great deal of variation between American states and jurisdictions—some of which have raced ahead while others have trailed behind. Using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which tests a representative sample of students in Reading and Mathematics in all 50 states, it becomes clear that while...
  • Five great school-choice stories for 2014

    01/02/2015 2:06:14 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/02/2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    It’s a new year, and there are all sorts of “Best of 2014″ lists of this and that posted online. So in keeping with that trend, we thought we’d put up a few lists of our own – lists aimed at inspiring free-market conservatives.
  • Opinion: Universal school choice is clearest pathway to restore nation to former greatness

    12/26/2014 3:44:37 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | March 24, 2014 | Israel Teitelbaum
    Unlike any of the programs identified today as “school choice,” such as opportunity scholarships, charter schools and tax credits, universal school choice transfers control of education back to parents, where it rightfully belongs, by allowing public education funds to follow the child to the school chosen by the parents. These funds — substantially less than current costs but sufficient to pay for a quality education at nonpublic schools — are made available to every parent in the form of a voucher that can be cashed only by a qualified school. With parental control comes responsibility — a prerequisite to success...
  • Education Report Card Suggests Private School Choice Laws Need Improvement

    12/15/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-15-14 | Rudy Takala
    Less than half of states make a vibrant effort to provide a wide array of options to their students. In all, 51 private school choice programs exist in 24 states and in Washington, D.C. Fourteen states offer tax-credits scholarship programs, while just two – Arizona and Florida – offer education saving account programs. As a result, private school choice is an area where states tended to do poorly on the report. It would be beneficial for student achievement if policymakers worked to create more options for educational opportunity. The relative decline of American academic achievement corroborates that reality. According to...
  • Cruz: School choice is 'most compelling civil rights issue' of the century

    12/09/2014 3:19:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 9, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called school choice the greatest civil rights issue of the 21st century.Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called school choice "the most compelling civil rights issue of the 21st century" and suggested it will be a significant focus of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights when he becomes chairman in the new Congress. The potential GOP presidential contender made the remarks during a Senate hearing on community policing, scheduled in the wake of racial protests sparked by the deaths of two unarmed African-American men at the hands of white police officers....
  • Detroit Shows that Poverty is Not Stopping Parents from Opting for School Choice

    12/01/2014 5:52:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The far left Eclectablog repeats what is becoming a recurring drum beat in public education in Michigan – poor people can’t afford school choice. If Detroit serves as an example, statewide statistics show that not only can poor families afford school choice, they often times prefer it. There are 51,083 students from Detroit attending charter public schools, which exceeds the 49,172 Detroit students who attend Detroit Public Schools. And about 89 percent of Detroit charter school students are eligible for free-or-reduced lunch status compared to 82 percent of DPS students, according to an analysis of data from the Center for...
  • New Report Finds Which States Favor Homeschoolers

    11/19/2014 1:21:47 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 50 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-19-14 | Rudy Takala
    Last month, ALEC released its annual Report Card on American Education. The report ranks states’ education policy based on six areas, including state academic standards; charter school laws; private school choice programs; overall teacher quality; digital learning opportunities; and the regulatory burden placed on homeschool families. The study, which included research conducted by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), gave 11 states the top grade of “A” in the area of homeschool regulatory burdens. Those states are Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas. The number of states earning an “A” grade expanded...
  • Texas Failing to Offer Private School Choice

    11/17/2014 1:49:58 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-17-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities. One notable finding of the Report Card is that Texas does not encourage private school choice in a particularly robust manner. Drawing on research conducted by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the report gave Texas an “F” grade for failing to offer a private school voucher program. In a...
  • Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out

    11/12/2014 10:01:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2014 | Tom Gantert
    House Democrats have announced legislation that completes the charter public school policy they would likely pursue if they gain control of that chamber. Under the House Democrats’ plan, a moratorium on new charter schools would be imposed until the new regulations that they are proposing were enacted. House Bill 5852, which was introduced in September, would put the charter school moratorium in place. House Bills 5915 through 5918, announced on Oct. 21 — plus the previously introduced House Bill 5696 — would provide the new charter school "transparency and accountability" standards. With only a few legislative session days remaining in...
  • School choice pioneer Annette Polly Williams dies at 77

    11/12/2014 6:37:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-11-14 | Paul Brennan
    MILWAUKEE — James Carl was able to sum up the importance of former Assemblywoman Annette Polly Williams in bringing school choice to Milwaukee in two words: “absolutely essential.” Williams died Sunday at the age of 77, having helped to transform the education landscape in Milwaukee and the nation. Starting in the late 1980s, Williams threw her support behind the legislation that created the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. The legislation eventually passed in 1989. “If it were not for her willingness to support this program, it never would have gotten through the state Legislature,” Carl told Watchdog. Carl, dean of the...
  • Conventional Schools in Anti-Charter Legislator’s District Have Little to Brag About

    11/07/2014 8:09:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democratic State Rep. Sarah Roberts of St. Clair Shores has become the most recent face of opposition to charter public school expansion in Michigan. She was the primary sponsor of House Bill 5852, which was cosponsored by all but three members of the House Democratic caucus. The bill would impose a moratorium on new charter schools, based in part on claims of poor academic performance. However, when students’ socioeconomic background is considered, the conventional public schools serving Rep. Roberts' home city fare no better academically than charter schools. That key information is not apparent in the much-publicized school rankings the...
  • Virginia’s School Choice Policies Contrast with District of Columbia

    11/03/2014 1:49:06 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 11-3-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last week released its annual Report Card on American Education, where it grades states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies and digital learning opportunities. Interestingly, states sharing the same border often receive very different rankings. For example, Virginia education policies ranked very differently from neighboring Washington, D.C. Virginia received a cumulative “C-” while the District received a cumulative “B-”. Notably, the District provides families greater flexibility with more than 100 charter locations serving nearly 40,000 students, or...
  • Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters

    10/17/2014 8:04:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats have introduced legislation as a measure to place a moratorium on any new charter public schools opening in Michigan. However, the pro-school choice Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) reads the bill differently. According to GLEP Executive Director Gary Naeyaert, as drafted, House Bill 5852 would eventually spell doom for all of the charter public schools in the state. “What we have uncovered is that the legislation they claim would just push the pause button on increasing the number of charter schools would, in reality, close every charter school in the state over time,” Naeyaert told Capitol Confidential. “Language...
  • Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students [The Atlantic]

    10/16/2014 9:30:32 AM PDT · by Disgruntled_Voter · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/16/2014 | Deborah Fallows
    How does the Cristo Rey business model work? Here are the words of founder John P. Foley, S.J. of the Cristo Rey schools, “If you can afford to come here, then you can’t come.” Here is the reality of the numbers: Start-up per student costs for the Cristo Rey Columbus school are about $18,000 per year. Once the school reaches enrollment capacity, that will drop to about $12,000-13,000. Cristo Rey found a creative way to fund most of the tuition. First, in Columbus, $5000 per student per year is potentially available from Ohio’s school choice voucher program; if a student’s...
  • A Democrat's Reasons For Supporting School Choice

    10/08/2014 10:27:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/6/2014 | Jack Spencer
    When Michigan House Democrats held a press conference last week to announce legislation to put a moratorium on the creation of new charter public schools, the Great Lakes Education Project researched which Democrats had signed on as co-sponsors. Gary Naeyaert, executive director of GLEP, said his initial findings were that 47 of the 50 House Democrats had done so. That highlights the issue GLEP has as a non-partisan organization that endorses political candidates but finds one party overwhelmingly voting against its most important issue — school choice. In the upcoming general election, GLEP has endorsed 58 candidates, only one of...
  • Parents Speak Out on Effort to Halt School Choice

    09/30/2014 10:57:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/29/2014 | Anne Schieber
    When several state lawmakers spoke Sept. 18th in support of a moratorium on new charter public schools, they seemed to be overlooking what is going on in their districts. Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, described choice as a myth. “Does that parent have the means to actually transport that child to another school, if they even have a working, functional car? Is there a bus system that exists? There are so many areas in which the choice is really Hobson’s choice. It’s a choice of theory but it really doesn’t exist,” Rep. Lipton said. Rep. Cogen Lipton and Rep....
  • From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey

    09/19/2014 5:16:22 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2014 | 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...
  • More Than Half Of Parents In Favor Of School Choice

    09/13/2014 3:31:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | September 13, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    School choice programs are a flashpoint in a few elections this year; Dan discussed a poll about Wisconsin's school choice program playing a major role in Scott Walker's re-election push. Another recent poll finds that most parents are in favor of some kind of school voucher program. Paul E. Peterson writes: Many parents would like even more choice of school than they currently have. No less than 56% favor a school voucher that would “give families with children in public schools a wider choice, by allowing them to enroll their children in private schools, instead, with government helping to pay...
  • Government pre-schools are limiting parental choice

    08/23/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 37 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/23/14 | Steve Berman
    Parents sending their three- and four-year olds to preschool are facing increasing pressure to use government schools, as secular, elitist educators use government funding as a back door to remove parental choice from pre-school options. Alabama’s First Class program is growing quickly, using federal funds from the popular Head Start program to extend restrictive government regulations to preschools who agree to accept public money.  Hiding under the blanket of “ensuring quality”, these regulations cover every aspect of pre-school education. First Class funding casts a net over preschool programs, supporting those that agree to restrictive government regulations. An extensive list of...
  • Liberal Judge Rules Against Private School Vouchers for Poor Kids

    08/21/2014 10:39:07 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 22 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood appeased liberal wishes today and ruled against a school vouchers program designed to provide poor and minority kids in North Carolina the opportunity to attend the same private schools as better offer children. Siding with teachers unions, atheist groups and public education administrators, Hobgood deemed the Opportunity Scholarship program to be unconstitutional. The ruling comes less than a week after the program awarded more than 360 lower-income families with education grants of $4,200 per child, providing their parents the opportunity to place their sons or daughters in a school of their choice. Fearing that poor...
  • Oh Canada!

    08/14/2014 8:10:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 13, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    American elites are quick to praise our northern neighbor when it applies more strict governmental controls than we do. Their silence is noteworthy, though, whenever Canada privatizes.canadian flag In Canada, as in the U.S., parents are concerned about the lack of competition and choice for schools in each of the 10 provinces. Yet and still, the Canadian Fraser Institute found that education improves when the parents have a choice about where their children attend school. Recent statistics show a lack of choice and competition in public education. 87.5% of students in British Columbia and Quebec and 98.8% of students in...
  • 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 ^ | 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, 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 ^ | 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 ( 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
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  • Liberal Guilt, Public Education, My Clear Conscience

    09/01/2013 8:36:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | September 1, 2013 | James Allen
    A new cornerstone piece on public education by Allison Benedikton on 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...