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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership - YouTube

    10/28/2014 10:21:02 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 115 replies
    Rebel Pundit YouTube ^ | October 27, 2014 | Rebel Pundit
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  • 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...
  • Mary Burke says she would stop expansion of voucher schools

    09/26/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-26-14 | Patrick Marley
    Democrat Mary Burke told education officials Friday she would fight as governor to stop the expansion of voucher schools but would leave alone the long-standing program in Milwaukee. "This is something that may sound like a good political sound bite, but it is bad public policy," she said of expanding the voucher program. "I think it is the thing that most threatens a vision of a public school system and an education for students in Wisconsin to be the leaders in our country." Her comments drew applause from her audience at a Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators conference at...
  • Judge Rules Private School Vouchers Unconstitutional

    08/26/2014 6:36:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared the state’s the Opportunity Scholarship program unconstitutional. The program provided funds for poor children to attend the same private schools attended by their financially better off peers. “Allowing these children to exit the failing public school system undermines the incentive and capability for improving the public schools,” Hobgood ruled. “It would put the good of the few ahead of the collective well-being of the whole. By preventing the few from escaping we maintain the pressure for reform of the system.” Hobgood rejected the argument that allowing students to exit substandard schools would...
  • 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...
  • Poor Families Use 'Supervouchers' To Rent In City's Priciest Buildings (HUD's Chicago Gold Coast!!)

    07/28/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 36 replies
    Crains Business Journal ^ | 7/28/14 | By Alby Gallun
    The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents. But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center. The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program...
  • Use of cars can help families reduce poverty, large study finds

    04/08/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/WAPO ^ | 4-4-14 | Emily Badger
    In many circles -- including advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, public transit -- it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic. That line of thinking, however, seldom considers a group of people for whom more car use might actually be a good thing: the poor. A group of researchers at the Urban Institute, the...
  • Media Blackout on ObamaCore

    04/03/2014 12:30:40 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 3, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently the media only consider education reforms controversial if they are opposed by the Left. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) compared media coverage of President Obama’s Common Core initiative with reportage on vouchers and the results are illuminating. “In contrast to the pattern of Common Core coverage, thousands of articles were written about school vouchers, even when only a small number of students were enrolled in voucher programs,” Michael Q. McShane and Frederick Hess wrote in an Education Outlook analysis for AEI. “The raw number comparison is pretty staggering.” “More articles were written about school vouchers in every year from...
  • It’s Not about Creationism: Vouchers are about rescuing underprivileged children

    03/28/2014 6:56:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/28/2014 | David Harsanyi
    Eric Meikle, project director at the National Center for Science Education, recently told 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 bogeyman of creationism. And like most efforts to warn us...
  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal Fights Washington War on School Vouchers

    01/25/2014 9:04:33 AM PST · by Rusty0604
    Newsmax ^ | 01/25/2014 | Andrea Billups and Jennifer G. Hickey
    Gov. Bobby Jindal is battling to protect Louisiana’s fast-growing school voucher program from an all-out attack by the Obama administration. The Justice Department claims the state’s private schools are defying a decades-old federal desegregation order. In November, a judge ruled the Department could monitor Louisiana's voucher program, even though 90 percent of the 6,750 students who use the Louisiana Scholarship Program are minority, and 85 percent are black. Jindal filed a 38-page response to the ruling earlier in January, asking a judge to overturn a 1976 "white flight" case that prohibited giving public funds to all-white private schools. "The state...
  • 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...
  • Escaping 'Government' Schools

    10/02/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 2, 2013 | John Stossel
    People say public schools are "one of the best parts of America". I believed that. Then I started reporting on them. Now I know that public school -- government school is a better name -- is one of the worst parts of America. It's a stultified government monopoly. It never improves. Most services improve. They get faster, better, cheaper. But not government monopolies. Government schools are rigid, boring, expensive and more segregated than private schools. I call them "government" instead of "public" schools because not much is "public" about them. Members of the public don't get to pick their kids'...
  • Obama sues Louisiana to keep low income blacks trapped in bad schools

    09/04/2013 12:32:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 4, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama sues Louisiana to keep low income blacks trapped in bad schools The Obama administration has just sued Louisiana to try to bring an end to its school voucher program – a program which had just been passed in 2012.Under the Louisiana program, both of the following criteria had to be met in order for a student to get a school voucher. First, the student must come from a family whose income is below 250% of the poverty level. And second, the current public school that the student is attending must be graded as “C” or...
  • WaPo: DoJ trying to trap poor, black kids in failing schools

    09/03/2013 12:44:42 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 3, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    “Bewildering.” “Perverse.” These aren’t the words of Charles Krauthammer or Marc Thiessen on the pages of the Washington Post in reaction to the Department of Justice lawsuit against Louisiana’s school-voucher program, but those of the Post’s editors. The DoJ argued in its lawsuit that the vouchers intend to undo segregation, but since 90% of voucher recipients in the program are black, the Post pronounces itself mystified as to what Attorney General Eric Holder could possibly mean:
  • DOJ Sues Louisiana to Stop School Voucher Program Helping Black Students

    09/02/2013 10:58:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies ^ | August 27, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, fresh off its controversial decision to sue the state of Texas of its voter identification law, sued the state of Louisiana to block its school voucher program largely designed to help minority children. The DOJ sued to stop 34 school district from giving out private-school vouchers, claiming that such vouchers slowed the “desegregation progress.” A full 90% of the children who benefit from the voucher program are black. The remaining 10% came from 22 school districts under desegregation orders handed down five decades ago, which prompted the DOJ to state, “the voucher recipients...
  • Obama, Holder Stand In Louisiana Schoolhouse Door [poor kids trapped in bad schools]

    09/02/2013 7:14:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 30, 2013
    The Justice Department has asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in Louisiana from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools, just like the president's daughters. Passed in 2012, the program guarantees a voucher to students from families with incomes below 250% of poverty and who attend schools graded "C" or below. DOJ's argument is that many of the schools affected remain under desegregation orders imposed 50 years ago and that, essentially, letting poor blacks leave these schools for better ones upsets the politically correct racial balance DOJ wants to achieve.
  • Why Democrats Love Failing Schools: Because Unions Pay Them To

    08/27/2013 6:58:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 27, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    It is now official. For all their talk about education’s failings, and all their feigned interest in bettering the educational system, liberals once again have proven that they hate giving the disadvantaged the same opportunities as the privileged. According to Fox News, the Justice Department is trying to stop a school vouchers program in Louisiana that attempts to place children in independent schools instead of under-performing public schools. So, apparently it’s all about “the kids”. . . Unless Teacher’s Unions are set to lose a dollar. Louisiana is one of a few states that have implemented a very limited voucher...
  • Vouchers: My Personal Case

    07/25/2013 3:52:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | July 25, 2013 | Larry Elder
    "I think you should check out the APEX program," my high school counselor Mrs. Workman suggested. APEX stood for Area Program Enrichment Exchange, and involved several L.A. area high schools, including Fairfax High. Intended for "advanced" students, the program allowed them to take courses not offered at their home school. In my case, I had exhausted all of the Spanish courses at Crenshaw High, the predominately black inner-city school I attended. But Fairfax, predominately Jewish, had higher-level courses and would accept me. "It'll be a way for you to continue your Spanish -- where, I see from your transcript, you...
  • More Opportunities for Special-Needs Students in Oklahoma

    06/28/2013 12:34:14 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 6-28-13 | Melissa Sullivan
    Phylicia is seemingly a normal teenager at Oklahoma’s Town & Country School: she interacts with other students, participates in class, and, as her mother notes, she “wakes up wanting to go to school.” However, Phylicia has not always been this energetic about learning. Phylicia is a teenage special-needs student with Asperger’s Syndrome. In an article written by Brandon Dutcher, vice president of policy at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), Phylicia’s mother shared that her daughter was bullied in her public school to the point where “she would literally crawl in a ball because she did not want to...
  • Budget passes by one vote as vouchers take center stage

    06/21/2013 4:39:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-21-13 | Patrick Marley
    Madison – Senate Republicans passed the state budget by a one-vote margin just after midnight Friday as the state schools superintendent raised concerns a little-noticed provision could lead to a flood of students attending private schools at taxpayer expense. The budget passed 17-16, with Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) joining all Democrats in opposing it. The budget now goes to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who can alter it using his vast line-item veto powers. The budget would cut income taxes by $651 million and create a new statewide program that would allow children who meet income thresholds to use taxpayer...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Prez Blames 'Rich White People'

    06/20/2013 5:59:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 81 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 20, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: The president of the Chicago Teachers Union charges that racism and "rich white people" are to blame for the immense financial and educational crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools. Tbe Chicago Public Schools (CPS) represent everything that is wrong with public education in America. They are in thrall to the unions that run the system and bankrupt it through bloated salaries and pensions while too many of the students trapped inside graduate as functional illiterates, if they graduate at all. Poor academic performance generally, a huge budget shortfall and poorly attended schools in declining neighborhoods recently forced CPS to...
  • Rhee: To Fix Schools, Honor Good Teachers, Identify And Fire Bad Ones

    05/31/2013 4:08:26 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 16 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | May 30, 2013
    MACKINAC ISLAND (WWJ) – Controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee says there are hundreds of thousands of wonderful teachers in America who do “heroic” work. But that doesn’t mean ineffective teachers shouldn’t be identified and fired, Rhee told the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. She also criticized the hypocrisy of politicians who she said allow conditions for other people’s children they would never, ever accept for their own. Speaking of the Michigan Education Achievement Authority, created by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to take over low-performing public schools, Rhee said: “If you are willing to have your child in a failing...
  • Louisiana court rules school voucher plan violates state constitution

    05/07/2013 5:01:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2013
    Louisiana’s highest court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s hallmark school voucher plan violates the state’s constitution. The state Supreme Court found that the school voucher plan is illegal because it diverts tax dollars to private schools from Louisiana’s “minimum foundation program,” which was created under the state constitution to pay for public schools.
  • Alabama Legislature Rams Through School Choice/Flexibility Bill

    03/01/2013 7:07:35 AM PST · by alancarp · 41 replies ^ | Feb 28-March 1,2013 | numerous sources
    **Note to the moderators: this is a summary post for a number of stories on this same topic. All cited links below include full original titles. No single story/link was sufficient; trying to also prevent multiple posts. Summary: An Alabama Legislative Conference Committee transformed an 8-page education reform bill into a 27-page "bombshell" bill that has now passed both Houses and awaits the Governor's signature. This new bill includes the following provisions: 1. Parents of children in "chronically failing" schools will be allowed to either (a) move into a different (non-failing) public school; or (b) take 80% of the school's...
  • Jindal gains victory as court puts hold on voucher block in Tangipahoa

    01/29/2013 5:26:31 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/15/2013 | Lauren McGaughy
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's school voucher overhaul racked up a victory Monday when a panel of appellate court judges granted to stay a federal district court judge's ruling to block the program's implementation in Tangipahoa Parish. Tangipahoa appellate court voucher ruling U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit The ruling means the 50 students currently enrolled in the program in Tangipahoa Parish will not be removed from schools. Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan said while he was pleased the ruling mentioned the wider court case of his and various other teachers organizations against the state, he was...
  • State judge rules Louisiana school voucher program unconstitutional

    11/30/2012 7:24:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11-30-12 | ap
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's private school tuition voucher program has been ruled unconstitutional by a state judge. State Judge Tim Kelley said Friday that the program improperly diverts money allocated through the state's public school funding formula to private schools. He also said it unconstitutionally diverts local tax dollars to private schools. Kelley ruled in a lawsuit backed by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program. The state education department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education said the programs were funded and created in line with the constitution.
  • State Board of Education President Makes False Voucher Claims

    11/27/2012 8:40:42 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/26/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the State Board of Education was wrong when he compared a bill that would change how education is funded to a voucher system, said Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. John Austin, president of the State Board of Education, made the comparison when discussing the Michigan Public Education Finance Project proposal, which would allow public schools to take state money from students no matter where they live. In addition to being on the State Board of Education, Austin is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a center-left think...
  • Bishop Gene Robinson Considers Vouchers to Religious Schools a 'Tragedy'

    11/20/2012 9:40:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    WASHINGTON – Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop in The Episcopal Church, believes that voucher programs that benefit religious schools are a "tragedy." The controversial bishop of New Hampshire told The Christian Post on Monday his views on vouchers at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress on the issue of poverty reduction. "I am a believer in public education and I believe every dollar diverted from public education either by religious schools or by charter schools is a tragedy," said Robinson. "[A voucher] takes away from this great mission that is so embedded in the life...
  • Surprise! HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into … “voucher” programs

    09/08/2012 8:43:44 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    I know that every campaign promise Barack Obama makes has an expiration date … but this is ridiculous. The confetti is barely off the floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama’s acceptance speech, and already we find out that he’s flip-flopped. Remember this part of the speech, in which he attacks the Paul Ryan plan to apply free-market reform and cost controls to Medicare? And I will — I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. "No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should...
  • Obama At DNC: “I Will Never Turn Medicare Into Voucher” – Next Day: HHS To Begin Voucher Program

    09/09/2012 6:14:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 9, 2012
    And I will — I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. That promise didn’t last long because the next day his administration approved a program that did just that.Via National Journal: In his convention speech in Charlotte, President Obama vowed to block the Republican Medicare reform plan because “no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.”But back in Washington, his Health and Human Services Department is launching a pilot program that would shift up to 2 million of the poorest and most-vulnerable seniors out of the federal Medicare program and...
  • Tough truths about charters, Siphoning students from private schools is not a viable path to reform

    09/06/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09.06.12 | Adam B. Schaeffer
    Is it possible for charter schools to increase educational options and diversity in the public school system but decrease diversity overall; to spend less money than regular public schools but cost taxpayers more overall, and to outperform regular public schools but decrease achievement overall? Unfortunately, it is not only possible but is happening in cities across the nation. This mix of intended and unintended outcomes is what’s known as the “charter school paradox,” which hints at the uneasy place these relatively new educational options have in our society. But it is only a paradox if we take a narrow view...
  • School Choice Bipartisanship?

    08/28/2012 10:04:34 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 7 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | August 28, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    President Barack Obama recently gave speeches on higher and K-12 education, making it likely that educational policy is a subject of interest this campaign season. Professor Kevin Welner of the University of Colorado said on August 23, that he thought education was “shaping up to be a major issue” this election cycle. “The president has devoted the past week to education, starting with a radio address on Saturday and continuing with a swing through Ohio and then yesterday he was in Las Vegas talking about budget cuts and teachers and growing class size,” said Welner, also the Director of the...
  • Vouchers Boosting College Enrollment

    08/25/2012 6:05:48 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 10 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | August 25, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A recent study issued by the Brookings Institution and the Harvard Kennedy School examines how a voucher program boosted college enrollment rates among African Americans. However, according to the study’s authors, the New York City voucher program run by the School Choice Scholarships Foundation Program (SCSF) did not demonstrate a significant impact on participant’s enrollment in college overall. “We find no overall impacts on college enrollments, but we do find large, statistically significant positive impacts on the college going of African American students who participated in the study,” state the researchers, Matthew M. Chingos and Professor Paul E. Peterson in...
  • La. Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction [unions in a panic]

    08/22/2012 8:13:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    KSLA ^ | August 16, 2012 | news
    <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month.</p> <p>The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A hearing in the court case is set for October.</p>
  • YouTube: Thanks Teachers Unions

    06/14/2012 9:24:12 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies
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  • Give Parents a Choice!

    04/13/2012 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 4 replies
    Fox Business Report ^ | April 12, 2012 | Gerri Willis
    One of the most contentious issues in public education in this country, in addition to teachers unions, is school vouchers. But to me, it's pretty straight forward. Vouchers help parents pay for private schools - giving their kids more opportunity, and in some cases, a safer choice - without putting their retirement on the line, and going broke in the process. And I’m not alone in that thinking. Nineteen states and Washington D.C. have a voucher system or similar program, according to the Wall Street Journal Read more:
  • Neighborhoods of CHA relocations experienced higher crime rates

    04/05/2012 9:10:39 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 04/06/2012 | FRANK MAIN
    Crime was worse in neighborhoods where former Chicago Housing Authority residents used vouchers to move into private apartments, a new study found. From 2000 to 2008, violent crime was 21 percent higher in neighborhoods with high concentrations of voucher-holding former CHA residents — when compared to similar neighborhoods without them, the Washington-based Urban Institute found. Property crime also would have been lower without relocated residents in those neighborhoods, the study said. Violent crime dropped about 26 percent across the city over the same time period, according to the Chicago Police Department. The Urban Institute attributed about 1 percent of the...
  • Louisiana Governor’s School Voucher Plan Clears Legislature

    04/05/2012 11:58:31 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 47 replies
    BATON ROUGE — Louisiana will be home to one of the nation’s largest school voucher programs once Gov. Bobby Jindal signs legislation that recently passed his state’s legislature. Today, by a vote of 60-42, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved Gov. Jindal’s voucher expansion, which passed the Senate last night 24-15. “This is a momentous day for the families of Louisiana,” State Superintendent of Education John White said. “All students deserve a fair chance in life, and that begins with the opportunity to attend a high-quality school. These policy changes are aligned with that central belief, and Gov. Jindal and...
  • Yet Another California Public School Scandal

    03/23/2012 1:24:33 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies · 2+ views
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 23, 2012 | JP
    Gilbert Olivares, a counselor at Salinas High School in California, pleaded not guilty this week to a host of sexual crimes – making sex tapes of students, touching the buttocks of a 14-year-old (identified as “John Doe” in court documents), possessing child pornography. It is but the latest scandal involving a California public school employee. Just last week, an unnamed teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard was placed on paid administrative leave as school district officials investigated whether she had been moonlighting as a porn actress. The week before that, John Eaton Cromwell, a teacher at Maple Creek Elementary...
  • Santorum Bashes Public Schools, Says They're Stuck In Factory Era

    02/18/2012 6:56:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 75 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 18, 2012 | Mitchell Landsberg
    Santorum Bashes Public Schools, Says They're Stuck In Factory Era By Mitchell Landsberg February 18, 2012 Reporting from Columbus, Ohio— Republican GOP hopeful Rick Santorum may be the most prominent homeschooler in America. So it might not have been surprising that, on Saturday, he told a conservative Christian audience that he intended to homeschool his children in the White House. In his remarks to the Ohio Christian Alliance, however, Santorum went further, seeming to attack the very idea of public education. In the nation’s past, he said, “Most presidents homeschooled their children in the White House.… Parents educated their children...
  • School Competition Rescues Kids

    10/26/2011 4:42:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 26, 2011 | John Stossel
    For years, American education from kindergarten through high school has been a virtual government monopoly. Conventional wisdom is that government must run the schools. But government monopolies don't do anything well. They fail because they have no real competition. Yet competition is what gives us better phones, movies, cars -- everything that's good. If governments produced cars, we'd have terrible cars. Actually, governments once did produce cars. The Soviet bloc puts its best engineers to work and came up with the Yugo, the Volga and the Trabant. The Trabant was the best -- the pride of the Eastern Bloc. It...
  • Ind. vouchers prompt thousands to change schools

    08/28/2011 10:39:08 AM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 28, 2011 | TOM COYNE
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils. It's a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say the practice violates the separation of church and state.
  • Progressives in Wisconsin have a problem with Blacks getting a good education

    08/27/2011 4:47:33 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 9 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 8/26/11 | MacIverInstitute
    Link to Video Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, and the students and staff at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School were all targets of an obnoxious protest on Friday, August 26, 2011. From this report by the MacIver News Service, it is clear the protesters (Union members, socialists, MPS officals, liberal activists) could learn a lot by emulating the behavior of the children inside the school.
  • More Tea Party Violence and Racism: Milwaukee

    08/27/2011 2:47:17 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 23 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 8/27/11 | EricTheRed_VM
    Oh wait, that's not the Tea Party. It's Obama-supporting Democrat-voting* public union teacher protesters -- again.Yes, the Democrat-media complex still smear the Tea Party and anti-Obama conservative Americans as vitriolic and racist, and most recently "the real enemy" who can "go straight to hell." Meanwhile in the real world, actual vitriol and (by the left's own standards) racism occurred at the hands of union protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin both Thursday and Friday.As reported by Milwaukee's local Fox-TV affiliate: Vandals super glued the locks of several doors and a parking gate at Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee. School officials believe the people responsible...
  • Low-income families lining up for vouchers in Florida

    07/28/2011 7:15:35 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies ^ | 27 July 2011 | ronmatus
    Step Up for Students, the Tampa-based group that administers tax-credit vouchers statewide, said in a press release today that it received more than 33,000 new applications this year before cutting off the process May 21.That's up a ton from last year, and months ahead of last year's cutoff. And it's another strong sign that demand for vouchers among low-income families is rising fast.According to Step Up for Students spokesman Jon East, the group received 22,000 new applications last year between the start of the application period, April 1, and mid September. New applications are filled out by families who aren't already in the program.The number of available...
  • Suit filed over proposed amendment to lift ban on funding for religious groups

    07/26/2011 9:14:08 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 10 replies
    Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | July 21, 2011 | N/A
    A Palm Coast rabbi and an Ormond Beach school principal are front and center in a legal challenge filed Wednesday to a 2012 ballot proposal that would repeal Florida's constitutional ban on using public money to aid churches and other religious organizations. Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, who lives in Palm Coast and is the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom in Deltona, and Pine Trail Elementary Principal Susan Persis are among nine plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Tallahassee. Others include leaders of the statewide teachers union and other school-related organizations and clergy from several denominations. They claim the constitutional amendment,...
  • Craziness! Section 8 Housing Voucher Stampede Erupts In Dallas (Fights others trampled)Video

    07/15/2011 6:39:52 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 84 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/15/2011 | Johan Thomas
    DALLAS — At least eight people were hurt when thousands of housing voucher applicants rushed the doors at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex in Dallas, Texas. An estimated 5,000 applicants waited for hours to receive applications for one of the 3,800 available vouchers. The waiting applicants became a frenzied stampede when officials opened doors to the housing voucher offices earlier than expected.
  • Voucher Victory in Wisconsin

    06/26/2011 6:25:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    With a stroke of a pen, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today signed a 2011-2012 state budget that dramatically expands the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program to include tens of thousands of working class and middle income families. His signature also means that a brand new school choice program will be established in Racine County. The budget had previously passed the Senate and House on June 17 by votes of 19-14 and 60-38, respectively. "This is incredible news that I know would make Milton and Rose Friedman smile," said Robert C. Enlow, President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice,...