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  • EW Jackson Hosts Call with Ted Cruz

    11/17/2015 3:27:15 PM PST · by Isara · 2 replies
    Red NoVA ^ | November 17, 2015 | Taller Than Madison
    Earlier today EW Jackson hosted a conference call with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The open call was part of a weekly feature for Jackson and his organization STAND.Cruz began with opening remarks on his position on religious freedom and how he'll push back against the PC police whenever they try to admonish someone for being religious. Cruz then touched on his continued fight to defend traditional marriage. His opening was short and narrowly focused as he seemed genuinely more interested in taking questions than filling the time up with prepared talking points, which caught me as unexpected and a...
  • Ted Cruz: School Choice is Today’s ‘Civil Rights Issue’

    10/26/2015 8:17:15 PM PDT · by Isara · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Tré Goins-Phillips | Tré Goins-Phillips
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pushed back against accusations that he and Sen. Mike Lee (R- Utah) have pushed for homeschool to be reclassified as private school “The Glenn Beck Program” Monday evening. “I’m not remotely pushing for homeschool to be reclassified in any way, shape or form,” the Texas lawmaker said. “I am a passionate supporter of homeschooling. In fact, many of the people who helped elect me to the Senate and who are among our most passionate supporters in the presidential race are homeschoolers.” Cruz went on to say he is a “passionate” supporter of school choice, an issue...
  • Social Media: Supercharged Truth or Consequences?

    10/22/2015 10:14:04 AM PDT · by LibertysWordsmith · 12 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | October 22, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    As a giant marketplace of ideas, Facebook is an astonishing barometer, for better or worse. Its force-multiplying “likes” and “shares” can direct masses toward aspirational “Arab Spring”-type movements or incite mobs with false grievances, such as the “Hands up, don’t shoot” mythology that plagued Ferguson. Whether people of goodwill are swept toward virtue or delusion and chaos depends on their willingness to Think Again about unexamined facts and “likes” — “to follow truth wherever it may lead,” as Thomas Jefferson urged.
  • A Tale of Two Schools, One Building

    10/07/2015 7:29:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/06/15 | Nicholas Simmons
    Over the past three school years, I unintentionally participated in a tragic educational case study on the west side of Harlem. I worked in the same building as the Wadleigh Secondary School, at which 0% of students in grades six through eight met state standards in math or English. That isn’t a typo: Not a single one of the 33 students passed either exam, though many of the questions are as straightforward as “What is 15% of 60?” Two floors above Wadleigh, I taught math at Success Academy Harlem West, a public charter school. The students there eat in the...
  • Education Savings Account is a Winning Issue

    09/01/2015 8:00:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 31, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    School choice is a hot-button issue for local school districts, parents and students. Glenn Delk’s op-ed in The American Spectator asked, why aren’t the GOP presidential candidates joining the fray and supporting education savings accounts (also known by the acronym ESAs)? Education savings accounts allow low-income minority students to have access to better schools outside of their assigned school districts. They are education-specific savings accounts, through which taxpayers pay for vouchers for low-income students, and parents have the option to use the accounts to pay for books and tuition at private or public schools of their choice. Minorities in urban...
  • Our Money, Good--Their Profits, Bad

    08/30/2015 7:39:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    “One thing that we’ve done,” boasted Dennis McBride of Support our Schools-Wauwatosa, “is we’ve made sure every time one of our legislators pops up his or her head above the foxhole, we’re there to shoot at them.” His audience, consisting of educators at a free event hosted by the non-profit Wisconsin Public Education Network, laughed. A woman in the crowd interjected, “Nobody in here is like recording that, where that’s going to end up on somebody’s campaign trail?” We know all this because the watchdog John K. MacIver Institute was indeed recording the event, running the story under the headline,...
  • Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical

    08/27/2015 11:03:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/25/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    This fall, legislators will likely consider a major proposal billed to improve public education in the city of Detroit. The proposal will contain two main components: a financial bailout for Detroit Public Schools and the centralization of all public schools in the city — both conventional and charter schools. It’s clear that DPS is in dire financial straits. The district is slowly being bankrupted by irresponsible pension costs and is projected to have an accumulated deficit of more than $300 million in 2016. In total, since the late 1990s, DPS has accumulated more than $1.6 billion in general obligation debt....
  • No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed

    08/12/2015 9:59:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A 1994 law introduced public charter schools to the state of Michigan. Since that time, about 30 percent of the charters that have opened their doors within the city of Detroit have been forced to close by their authorizers. Over that period, 72 of the taxpayer-funded schools — otherwise known as "public school academies" — have been authorized in the city, including a few overseen by the Detroit school district itself. Of these 72 schools, 22 were later closed due to financial, academic or enrollment issues. Unlike conventional public schools, charters have no semi-monopoly on educating children who live within...
  • Frustrated With Public School, Parents of Student With Special Needs Find Help at Private School

    07/17/2015 10:49:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2015 | Anne Schieber
    State and federal laws require public schools to accommodate students with special learning needs. But the process of getting the right services to students can require so much vigilance that some parents give up and remove their child from public schools altogether. "We were not satisfied after a few months into my daughter’s Individualized Education Plan," said Liz Roe, parent of 9-year-old Mia, who was identified has having dyslexia, a learning disorder that makes it difficult to read. "My daughter was coming home crying and saying her teacher was yelling at her when she was asking for additional help, the...
  • Obama Hearts Private School -- For Himself and Family (What a Hypocrite!!!)

    06/11/2015 9:26:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Barack Obama, for his own education, never set foot in a public school. When he was 10 years of age, his mother shipped him back from Indonesia to his grandparents in Hawaii so that young Barack could get a first-class American education. He entered Punahou, the expensive and most prestigious prep school in the islands. From there, despite his admittedly indifferent grades, Obama was admitted to Occidental, an elite private college in Los Angeles. He spent two years there, after which he transferred to Columbia University, one of the private Ivy League schools. After Columbia, Obama attended Harvard Law, another...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice

    05/13/2015 7:50:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to revitalize schools within the city of Detroit has school-choice advocates concerned about potential threats to school choice in the city. Charter school advocates fear that Snyder’s plan creates a bureaucracy with the authority to stop the growth of charter schools or even shut them down if different political leadership put anti-charter board members in charge. The governor’s plan calls for the old Detroit Public Schools to be kept in existence for the administrative purpose of paying off the district’s debt. DPS has $483 million in operating debt and a combined capital and bond debt of...
  • School Choice: The Milwaukee Magnet

    05/11/2015 8:56:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 11, 2015 | Nick Kowalski
    When it becomes successful in their own backyards, even die-hard liberals support school choice. “I support [means-tested, not universal] vouchers, I support homeschooling, I support charter schools, I support changes in the traditional system, [and] I support virtual schools,” Dr. Howard Fuller, author of No Struggle, No Progress and former Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent, said recently at an international educational summit in Austin, Texas. “For me it’s about providing low-income and working-class parents with the capacity to choose” among various schooling alternatives. howard fuller book While acknowledging that “[e]very public policy has an upside and a downside,” Fuller believes “the...

    05/08/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/7/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    It all started with an unwanted knock on the door by a government worker and it’s being answered with a $60 million lawsuit. A New Jersey family is suing the state child-protection agency after it allegedly sent a caseworker to their home to interrogate them on everything from their son’s homeschool education to questions about vaccines and guns in the house. Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole of Belvidere filed a civil rights complaint in April in U.S. District Court in Trenton alleging “unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion.” “I won’t forget that morning for a long, long time,” said Christopher...
  • Obama While Trying to Kill School Choice in D.C.: We Need to Make Sure ‘All Children’ Get…

    05/02/2015 12:23:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 2, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    After having presented a budget to Congress that would phase out a school-choice program that allows a limited number of children to escape Washington, D.C.’s public schools, President Barack Obama delivered a weekly address today that said all Americans have a responsibility to make sure all children—not just their own—get a great education. Obama’s two daughters go to Sidwell Friends, one of the most expensive private schools in Washington, D.C. […] Obama’s address was titled: “Ensuring Every Child Gets a Great Education.” In 2003, Congress enacted a program for “opportunity scholarships” in Washington, D.C. These allowed some students in public...
  • Magnet Schools Drawing More Attention

    04/24/2015 2:12:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | Lindsay Russell
    While the term “school choice” is often perceived as a decision between public and private institutions, magnet schools offer an opportunity to introduce another option for parents and families within their public school district. With almost 3,000 magnet schools nationwide in 2012, the trend embracing more public school choice continues to rise. Originally conceived as an approach to decrease segregation in school districts, today magnet schools encourage more hands-on learning by tailoring instruction around a central theme. Various magnet schools focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); arts; business; culinary studies; medicine; languages and more. Magnet schools increase parental...
  • Scott Walker to keynote voucher school summit

    04/21/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 21, 2015 | Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker is set to serve as the keynote speaker for a voucher school summit next month in New Orleans. The American Federation for Children announced Tuesday that Walker would speak May 18 at the opening lunch for the summit. "Gov. Scott Walker is a tremendous leader who has been a relentless advocate for educational choice," Betsy DeVos, chairwoman of the group's board of directors, said in a release..... Walker's latest two-year budget plan, which is currently being considered by the Legislature's powerful budget committee, would expand school vouchers statewide.
  • Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

    04/21/2015 9:25:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    LaTanya Dorsey is a mother who sends her daughter to a public charter school in Eastpointe. Her daughter is on the honor roll and doing very well. Dorsey didn't expect to have a say in where her daughter went to school. “Usually, it's the district that you're in is the school that you would have to attend,” Dorsey said. “That kind of surprised me — that I did have a choice to send her to another school, so I was real grateful for that.” Dorsey said that parental choice is critical to helping students attend a school that is the...
  • Meet Toya Putnam, Detroit Charter School Parent

    04/20/2015 6:29:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/19/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    Toya Putnam, a mother of two boys, chooses to send her seven-year-old son to a Detroit-area charter school in Roseville. Though some nonprofit organizations are urging the state to limit school choice in the City of Detroit, Putnam says it is incredibly important for her to be able to make the best educational choice for her family. Shopping around for the best school "wasn't a problem for me," Putnam said. "I don't want anyone else to pick and choose for my kids' future." Later this month, Putnam and her family are moving back to Detroit from Warren, and her son...
  • Homeschooling Continues to Grow

    03/31/2015 2:59:48 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 21 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-31-15 | Wes Watt
    According to the latest data available, approximately 1.7 million students are homeschooled in the United States, or 3.4 percent of the total schooling population. Interestingly, the number of Hispanic families choosing to homeschool their children grew to 15 percent from 9.8 percent in 2007. Also, when asked the most important reason for choosing to homeschool their children, 91 percent of parents responded concern for the environment at other schools (safety, drugs, peer pressure, etc.). The Silver State is known nationally as a haven for homeschooling families. According to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Report Card on American Education, Nevada...
  • National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities

    03/30/2015 6:01:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Detroit schoolchildren in charter schools are getting a better education in reading and math than students in the city's conventional public schools according to a report released Wednesday by an organization described as the “nation’s foremost independent analyst of charter school effectiveness.” The authors suggest that Detroit charter schools should serve as a model for other communities. The study was performed by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), which analyzed student and school data from 2006 through 2012. It found that each year students in Detroit charter schools receive the equivalent of a few weeks to as...
  • The Right to Give Your Kids a Catholic Education

    03/27/2015 6:30:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/25/15 | Grazie pozo Christie
    A salute to Archbishop Cordileone for defending it in San Francisco.California is always a great state to watch, as things that happen there tend to be harbingers for the other 49. In San Francisco, we have the spectacle of an archbishop under attack from several state senators. His offense? Trying to ensure that high-school students in Catholic schools get the Catholic education their parents have freely chosen to give them. Archbishop Cordileone has had the good sense to ask high-school faculty to affirm that they will impart the Church’s social teachings. He’s trying to guarantee that students will receive the...
  • Jeb Bush wades into thorny Georgia battles

    03/19/2015 6:47:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his case to state leaders at the Georgia statehouse Thursday and waded into several thorny policy debates facing legislators as he prepares a likely run for the White House. Bush said he approved of a state push to legalize medical marijuana and gave a tacit endorsement to the Republicans behind a controversial "religious liberty" measure. He also urged lawmakers to embrace school choice legislation and talked with Gov. Nathan Deal about the Georgian's plan to give the state broad new powers to intervene in struggling schools. The likely candidate was in town as part...
  • [Texas] Senate school agenda vexes teacher groups

    03/03/2015 10:56:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 3, 2015 | Lauren McGaughy
    <p>AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled key portions of the upper chamber's education agenda on Tuesday, reviving proposals long unpopular with teacher groups that Patrick said would empower parents and help students leave poor-performing schools.</p> <p>"We'll be talking about school choice and pre-K at a later date," Patrick said at a morning press conference in the Capitol, flanked by members of the Senate Committee on Education. "But reforming education is more than a single shot. It is a comprehensive plan that takes in every area of the state, takes in every student, every parent and every teacher."</p>
  • School Choice Metamorphoses From Vouchers to Savings Accounts

    02/23/2015 9:53:23 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    > If you haven’t paid close attention to the school choice movement over the past 10 years, you might not realize how much it has changed. Due to lawsuits and other limitations, innovators have figured out that tuition scholarships, also known as education savings accounts, are more effective than vouchers for giving families a choice of schools. The difference is parents are given much broader control over how to use the money. Instead of just transferring the public school money that would have been spent on a child to a few select schools, parents can choose to spend it in...
  • Real education reform means getting Washington out of the way

    02/16/2015 6:51:18 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 1 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/16/2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    Big, fat, government types hate any public policy that devolves power away from centralized authority in Washington, D.C., but when states and cities are able to rip away some of that authority, case after case proves that localized policymaking is much more successful. Case in point: School choice, as in, actually providing parents with alternatives to federal government-run, federal government-mandated education curricula. A recent infographic published by Reason magazine online in honor of School Choice Week says it all in five fast facts...
  • [Jeb] Bush touting conservative policies to aid middle class

    02/04/2015 11:59:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 2:08 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is to deliver what aides call an “optimistic, conservative vision for the future” in his first unpaid speech since declaring his interest in a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. […] Wednesday’s speech is the first in a series of stops his aides call his “Right to Rise” tour, borrowing from his economic mantra and the name of the political action committee he formed in December. Bush’s speech, aides said, is aimed at underscoring his desire to reinvigorate the middle class, which he argues has languished despite the ongoing economic recovery. Conservative economic policies,...
  • Tragic School Stories

    02/04/2015 4:16:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    New York's schools are the most segregated in the nation, and the state needs remedies right away. That was Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch's message to New York's governor and Legislature. She said that minority children are disproportionately trapped in schools that lack teaching talent, course offerings and resources needed to prepare them for college and success. Simply calling for more school resources will produce disappointing results. There are several minimum requirements that must be met for any child to do well in school. Someone must make the youngster do his homework, ensure that he gets eight to nine hours of...
  • Michigan Celebrates School Choice

    02/03/2015 5:56:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/30/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — One out of five students in Michigan takes advantage of school choice – mostly in the form of charter schools, public school district choice, homeschooling, or private schools. In 2015, school choice is part of this state's educational mainstream. This week is National School Choice Week. Across America diverse groups are celebrating the freedom of parents and guardians to choose where and how their children will acquire an education. In Michigan, the main event took place in Lansing. Students signing the school choice banner. Here is a photo slideshow of the activities. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy,...
  • States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    02/02/2015 2:44:53 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-2-14 | Lindsay Russell
    State lawmakers will surely haggle over education policy this legislative session, but hopefully they will remember the purpose of any education system during their battle over budgets: excellence in education and an equal opportunity for every child to succeed. The term “education reform” has taken on many meanings since its inception, but its foundations are based on educational freedom: Freedom for parents to determine their child’s education; freedom from the teachers unions that cloak ineffective teachers; and freedom from the archaic ideas of what creates a successful individual. It is disheartening that some fight against the idea of educational freedom...
  • Dumbing Down The World

    01/31/2015 4:01:24 PM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    FEE ^ | January 27, 2015 | Mike Reid
    Public education has been a slowly degenerating disaster throughout the West, and now it seems we’re exporting it to the rest. At a United Nations meeting 15 years ago, the world’s governments agreed on the goal of enrolling every child on the planet in primary schooling by this year. Indeed, they have nearly succeeded, with 2014’s reports indicating that 90 percent of children in developing regions now attend primary school. Presumably, the numbers for developed countries are above 95 percent. But strangely, this lofty plan did not say anything about the quality of the schooling into which we have now...
  • 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...