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  • 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.
  • Vanity - How do I get involved with lobbying for vouchers and charter schools?

    03/03/2017 6:15:44 AM PST · by luckystarmom · 6 replies
    I have a special needs daughter who excelled after going to private school. We would have loved financial help in any form to help pay for her schooling and therapy. She went from below grade level in reading in 3rd grade to above grade level in 2 years using an Orton-Gillingham based multi-sensory reading program. I would love to use her as an example of how vouchers could help students. I would live to testify about how damaging public school was to her (pulling her from recess, not remediating her reading just dumbing down the work). Any ideas how I...
  • School Choice Will Restore Our Competitive Edge

    02/27/2017 2:51:23 PM PST · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Monday, February 27, 2017 | Tyler Bonin
    In his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump asserted, “We must protect our border from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” Throughout his campaign, Trump made it clear that manufacturing jobs have been leaving the U.S. for far too long, while the politicians who betrayed middle-class Americans in favor of offshore production watched from the comfort of Washington. Trump noted that as president and “Dealmaker-in-Chief” he would engender a second golden age of American manufacturing. President-Elect, Donald Trump put this fanfaronade into action, making...
  • Betsy DeVos wants “choice” for special needs kids (trunc.)

    02/08/2017 9:56:44 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 2/6/2017 | Susan C. Margolin
    My son slides under the daybed, flattening his sprawling limbs in all directions across the dusty floor, then retracting them with a jerk. “I’m making myself invisible!” he declares. He knows our news is unwelcome. Don’t let him think it’s because of him, his doctor had coached. Crouching, I reach my hand to stroke his arm — a gesture I realize is not enough to comfort a boy whose body short circuits with uncertainty. My husband and I tell him: You can’t start second grade tomorrow. We’re leaving Singapore. We’re moving to America. We don’t know when. It will be...

    02/07/2017 7:52:40 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 74 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 02/07/2017 | Maria Jeffrey
    In a tizzy after Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Trump’s Sec. of Education, liberals on Twitter started considering the merits of homeschooling for the first time. The irony of invoking the freedom to choose where their kids go to school as a way to protest a pro-school choice Sec. of Education seemed lost on them. {..snip..}
  • Democrats plan all-night protest ahead of DeVos vote

    02/06/2017 10:02:44 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 52 replies
    Senate Democrats are planning a rare all-night talkathon to protest Betsy DeVos's nomination for Education secretary ahead of an expected vote on Tuesday."Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said from the Senate floor Monday.
  • Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice

    02/06/2017 6:00:01 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/3/2017 | Ben DeGrow
    The seventh edition of National School Choice Week has arrived. This year brings the largest organized effort yet to shine “a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child.” Nationally, there are more than 21,000 events planned — 730 of them in Michigan alone, including a major Detroit celebration on Friday featuring the passionate, charismatic educator, Dr. Steve Perry. The week is a time to reflect on the big picture of educational choice, including some key facets that have been highlighted within this past year: The evidence that school choice works continues to mount. Last May, the advocacy group...
  • Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools

    01/30/2017 6:58:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/27/2017 | Ben DeGrow
    With the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos delayed until Jan. 17, the heated conversation has continued surrounding the state of Detroit charter schools and her work as an educational choice advocate. The Manhattan Institute’s Max Eden and I debunked the “Wild West” myth of the Motor City’s educational landscape and clarified DeVos’ mainstream position on school accountability. Further, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru repeatedly has corrected The New York Times’ twisting of the best available research that highlights the benefits of Detroit charters. Ponnuru compared the journalistic malpractice to “a game of telephone being conducted by propagandists.” According to the Times’...
  • Snatched Away From Their Lives and Heritage, a Jewish Mother Fights for Her Children

    01/22/2017 10:18:50 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 18 replies
    Chinuch Magazine ^ | 01/22/2017 | Yomin Postelnik
    The saga of Julie Goffstein and her children needs to make all of us demand better. A travesty was done to children who were ripped apart from a loving and by all accounts good mother, from their heritage and from their way of life. Moreover, the tragic injustice done in this case should send shivers down the spines of every homeschooling advocate in the nation. Julie was a loving mother of 6 boys, ages 5-15. She raised them with great care for their physical needs, their spiritual wellbeing and their personal development. Eleven character witnesses testified as to this at...
  • Allan Hubbard said to Become Dept. Sec of USDOE (Common Core-Choice Lockdown)

    01/14/2017 8:21:31 AM PST · by magna carta · 52 replies
    Education Views ^ | 1-14-07 | Donna Garner
    [1.14.17 – COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: Donald Trump has done a brilliant job of choosing talented and successful people to serve in the other cabinet positions – all except for his choices for the U. S. Dept. of Education. Betsy DeVos has been vitally involved in driving Common Core into our nation’s schools, and now it seems that another Common Core advocate may be chosen as the Deputy Secretary of Education, Allan B. Hubbard. Similar to Betsy DeVos, Mr. Hubbard has long been in league with Jeb Bush, the National Governors’ Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lumina Foundation, the...
  • U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic

    01/13/2017 1:45:34 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2017 | Derek Draplin
    A University of Michigan professor is being accused of mischaracterizing the results of a 2011 survey of scholars’ views on allowing students a choice in education through private school vouchers or charter schools. Susan Dynarski, a professor of public policy, education and economics at Michigan, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. The headline: “Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don’t Buy It.” She wrote: “But economists are far less optimistic about what an unfettered market can achieve in education. Only a third of economists on the Chicago panel agreed that students would be better off if they all...
  • Who Controls Our Schools? The Privatization of American Public Schools

    12/28/2016 6:09:56 AM PST · by magna carta · 92 replies
    The Independent Media Institute ^ | unknown | Don Hazen,Elizabeth Hines,Steven Rosenfeld,Stan Salett
    (Download Link to entire article) The charter school deception is rooted in the shared beliefs of its founders. Corporate titans like the Walmart-creating Walton family, Bill Gates, and other very wealthy individuals have collectively spent billions seeding and sustaining this movement until states and the federal government passed laws and regulations sanctioning and subsidizing charter schools.
  • Union Decries Trump Nominee for Department of Education [semi-satire]

    11/28/2016 10:35:20 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Nov 2016 | John Semmens
    President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education did not sit well with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. “In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on shifting control of education into the hands of students and their parents,” she complained. “This defies logic and can only lead to the destruction of the public education system.” Weingarten dismissed the consumer empowerment concept as “a naive perspective for the delivery of as complex a product as education. Does a parent really know what’s best for her child? Can we,...
  • Wow! MSNBC Anchor Defends Trump Pick of School-Choice Advocate as SecEd

    11/24/2016 8:59:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Something to give—surprised—thanks for this morning: an MSNBC anchor staunchly defending school choice and Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education . . . while ably and aggressively arguing the issues with the head of America’s biggest teachers’ union! Stephanie Ruhle is the MSNBC anchor in question, and she took on Randi Weingarten, head of the AFT teachers’ union. The topic at hand was Donald Trump’s naming of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Weingarten, acknowledging that the union is “so opposed” to DeVos, repeatedly accused Trump’s pick of wanting to take a “sledgehammer” to public schools in...
  • Trump nominates conservative activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary

    11/23/2016 10:20:12 AM PST · by hotsteppa · 211 replies
    BREAKING NEWS: President-elect Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos, a conservative activist and billionaire philanthropist who has pushed forcefully for private school voucher programs nationwide, as his nominee for education secretary, according to a person close to DeVos.
  • Massachusetts Bums lie about Question 2 (charter schools)

    11/08/2016 9:34:49 AM PST · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    The liberal media continues to lie on behalf of lazy bum teachers in the Massachusetts schools. The schools that have let down our children for decades and have made them into brainwashed zombies, underachieving socialists and have destroyed their desire to make any accomplishment, destroyed their self esteem and have made them into automatrons who believe what the media, pop culture and government says without question The biggest lie fed to the public is that question 2 would take money out of public schools and make them fail more. This is a lie... FACT: The funding of schools in...