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  • Other Side of Multiculturalism

    10/13/2015 8:02:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 13, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It turns out that American students have something in common with their Latin American counterparts: They don’t learn anything good about America either. “In Latin America children are often exposed to the negative aspects of American history but are seldom exposed to the negative aspects of their own history,” Alejandro Chafuen of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation said at the Philadelphia Society’s regional meeting in Indianapolis last weekend. Chafuen himself hails from Argentina. “In Argentina, at least before the Falklands War, we used to say that we act Italian, speak Spanish and think that we are British.” One-sixth of the...
  • Hendricks v Starkist Tuna Class Action

    08/28/2015 3:35:22 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 18 replies
    Top Class Actions ^ | today | not me
    I found this the other day by accident. I've never seen a class action lawsuit such as this . Starkist wants to avoid litigation so this is what they are offering to you. They don't require a receipt but you sign off under penalty of perjury..
  • Baltimore’s Choice and America’s

    08/12/2015 11:48:15 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 12, 2015 | Judy Russell
    In January 2015, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has introduced the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act, designed to make vouchers more widely available to the poor so they can go to private or charter schools. “This pilot program would cost $10 million, and we’ve already paid for it,” said the Republican senator, “For those states that already have options, we are not dictating or mandating anything on any state, we are saying, here is another weapon in your arsenal to help those kids who are especially vulnerable to not seeing their full potential realized.”...
  • New Scrutiny of the Flow of Iraqi Oil to American Consumers

    10/11/2004 6:17:18 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 1,129+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 11, 2004 | SIMON ROMERO and SCOTT SHANE
    As Saddam Hussein pressed the United Nations oil-for-food relief program for more money that he used to buy banned weapons, an unwitting ally may have been the American driver. Almost until the eve of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, American oil companies were among the largest purchasers of Iraqi crude oil. The role that the companies, including ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco, played in the oil-for-food program is now coming under greater scrutiny in the wake of a report by the chief arms inspector for the Central Intelligence Agency that disclosed how extensively Mr. Hussein was abusing profits from the...
  • Colorado Supreme Court nixes Douglas county vouchers (vanity)

    06/29/2015 9:15:21 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 9 replies
    Self ^ | 29 June 2015 | Taxcontrol
    I just read from 9News.com that the Colorado Supreme Court has just ruled against the voucher program in Douglas County School district. While I am disapointed in this ruling, it is technically correct. The Colorado Constitution states in Article IX, section 7: Aid to private schools, churches, sectarian purpose, forbidden. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian society, or for any sectarian purpose, or to help support or sustain...
  • [Wisconsin] Republicans come to the aid of religious voucher schools

    06/05/2015 12:10:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 5, 2015 | Erin Richards
    Racine — A few short months ago, the newest proposed expansion site for HOPE Christian Schools, a rapidly expanding voucher- and charter-school network based in Milwaukee, was on the ropes. Gov. Scott Walker's state budget introduced in February proposed an expansion of the statewide voucher school program, but the per-pupil payments from taxpayers to new schools, such as the planned HOPE Via on Racine's north side, would have dropped from current levels. "We could have maybe made it a year or two, but no more," said Andrew Neumann, the head of the parent nonprofit that runs HOPE. Today, that budget...
  • What We’re Watching: Gov. Scott Walker on Improving Education

    05/29/2015 4:31:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Education Next ^ | May 29, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke about improving education at a conference at Harvard University in July 2012 on Learning from Improving School Systems at Home and Abroad: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance. The conference was hosted by Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance. Governor Walker spoke about the reforms he put in place in Wisconsin which gave local school districts the ability to make better decisions for their students while effectively managing their budgets. Click here for the complete video from that conference and here for videos from individual panels. Gov. Walker's...
  • What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education?

    05/28/2015 9:52:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    What is the Wisconsin Legislature trying to do to public education in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s state? State Superintendent Tony Evers has gone on record accusing lawmakers of moving toward new legislation “that erodes the basic foundation of Wisconsin’s public school system.” How? By legislature efforts that include refusing to spend more money on public education for the first time in more than 20 years while while giving millions of dollars more to expand a private voucher program, slashing higher education funding, and weakening licensing rules for teachers.
  • 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]
  • School voucher proponents pull out boxing gloves, welcome Scott Walker

    05/18/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    NEW ORLEANS — The American Federation for Children, which wants a dramatic expansion of charter schools and voucher programs, picked a boxing theme for its annual policy summit this week. Red boxing gloves became table centerpieces at the opening lunch Monday. Panel titles included "Knocking out yesterday's education models" and "Training parents to win the fight." And the first keynote speaker was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender who is best known for aggressively fighting and weakening his state's education labor unions..... ....Wisconsin is home to the nation's first modern voucher system. The state adopted legislation in...
  • More States Join the School Choice Movement

    05/05/2015 2:49:45 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-5-15 | Lindsay Russell
    Alabama and Montana passed historic school choice legislation this legislative session, giving parents more options in choosing the best atmosphere for the education of their children. Finally, Alabama and Montana join more than 40 states in the movement for school choice and educational freedom, demonstrating that Americans want school choice. In Alabama, the state legislature passed SB45, allowing for the first public charter schools. Within the bill, an unlimited number of conversion charter schools are permitted, while start-up charter schools are limited to ten schools per year until the law sunsets in 2020. Additionally, charter schools may be authorized by...
  • Spurred by Scott Walker budget, parents rally for public school funds [Dems, teachers unions]

    05/04/2015 1:56:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 3, 2015 | Erin Richards, covers K-12 in urban and suburban Milwaukee, state politics re: education
    When Wauwatosa parent Darnelle Kaishian first heard about the K-12 budget cut in Gov. Scott Walker's biennial state budget proposal, she wondered: What would that actually mean for her schools? When she and some other parents heard that the cut would amount to about $900,000 for Wauwatosa next year and that art, some orchestra, an Advanced Placement course or school maintenance work could be trimmed, they sprang into action. Six weeks later, they've created websites and yard signs and T-shirts, knocked on doors, talked to neighbors and launched a letter-writing campaign that has blasted lawmakers with more than 2,000 pieces...
  • 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.
  • 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
    YouTube Video
  • 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 · 37 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    breitbart.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    al.com ^ | Feb 28-March 1,2013 | numerous al.com 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
    youtube ^ | 6-2012
    I think you will find this enjoyable