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  • N.J. Senate committee approves school voucher bill during raucous hearing

    05/14/2010 1:48:03 PM PDT · by Reeses · 30 replies · 679+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | May 13, 2010 | Chris Megerian
    TRENTON -- A Senate committee approved legislation today creating scholarships for students to attend private schools during a raucous hearing held in front of the Statehouse Annex building. Hundreds of demonstrators, mostly students from private and charter schools, gathered to rally for the bill. Supporters said it provides students a chance to leave failing public schools, while opponents said it undermines the public school system. The bill (S1872) could fund $24 million in scholarships for up to 4,000 children the first year. After five years, up to 20,000 children would receive $120 million in scholarships, they said. More money would...
  • So, what does Obama think of Chicago's school voucher proposal?

    04/27/2010 2:00:11 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | April 27, 2010 | Steve McGough
    Let’s get something straight. School vouchers are pretty much exclusively supported by conservatives and those who actually want kids to succeed. Those against student vouchers are usually unions and government bureaucrats who complain about dollars being “removed” from public education … where kids are indoctrinated. The Chicago voucher system seems to be a step in the right direction, but does it go far enough?
  • Archdiocese of Washington To Close or Merge Four Catholic Schools [No More Vouchers]

    01/29/2010 8:38:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 349+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2010 | Michael Birnbaum
    Archdiocese of Washington To Close or Merge Four Catholic Schools In 2008, the Archdiocese of Washington gave up control of seven of its inner-city schools that were struggling financially, turning the facilities into secular charter schools. Dozens of teachers and hundreds of students departed; 1,000 new students signed up. Here's a glimpe of life inside one a year-and-a-half later. By Michael Birnbaum Saturday, January 30, 2010 Two Washington area Catholic schools will close at the end of the school year, two will merge and another is examining its options, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington said Friday. The changes...
  • Rethink Closing Wildwood Catholic High School (School Choice)

    01/27/2010 7:59:32 AM PST · by incredulous joe · 16 replies · 493+ views
    Cape May County Herald ^ | 27 JAN 2010 | incredulous joe
    CREST HAVEN – Cape May County Freeholders on Tuesday, Jan. 26 were set to pass a resolution asking that the Diocese of Camden reconsider its intention to close Wildwood Catholic High School which is located in the community of North Wildwood. Director Daniel Beyel said, “It would normally be outside the scope of the Board to express any opinions or voice any statements pertaining to the policy or decision making of the Roman Catholic Church. However, the recent decision of the Diocese of Camden to close Wildwood Catholic High School has such far reaching implications to Cape May County that...
  • Limits Are Likely On D.C. School Vouchers (Lib truth alert)

    12/13/2009 12:07:27 PM PST · by khnyny · 7 replies · 520+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2009 | Michael Birnbaum
    Congress appears likely to keep the D.C. voucher program closed to new students but open to current ones, curtailing the hopes of advocates who had pressed for a full revival of the controversial program. The news is buried deep within a thousand-page omnibus spending bill released Monday by a joint conference of House and Senate Appropriations Committee members. The proposal allocates $13.2 million to vouchers and would tighten accountability measures for schools that participate in the program, which provides low-income D.C. students with up to $7,500 to attend private schools. Bringing further upheaval to the program, the Washington Scholarship Fund,...
  • We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now (Please pardon the old NEA’s top lawyer's French)

    11/20/2009 9:02:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 1,597+ views
    City Journal ^ | 20 November 2009 | Larry Sand
    We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now—that is, if the NEA’s logic is to be believed. 20 November 2009 On the last day of the National Education Association’s convention this summer, its outgoing general counsel, Bob Chanin, gave a speech for the ages. After sharing fond recollections of his 41 years as the NEA’s top lawyer, he switched gears and started lobbing grenades at “conservative and right-wing bastards,” including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. The NEA and its affiliates, by contrast, were “the nation’s leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal social and economic agenda that...
  • CUNY's got math problem: Report shows many freshmen from city HS fail at basic algebra

    11/12/2009 10:45:24 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 2,175+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | November 12th 2009 | Joel Schectman and Rachel Monahan
    More city kids are graduating from high school, but that doesn't mean they can do college math. Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen - suggesting city schools aren't preparing them... "These results are shocking," ... "They show that a disturbing proportion of New York City high school graduates lack basic skills." During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem... Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal. The lack of math skills means the...
  • Silencing Voices for School Choice

    10/30/2009 8:21:00 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 2 replies · 479+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 27, 2009 | Silencing Voices for School Choice
    Attorney General Eric Holder tries to kill a TV ad supporting D.C. school vouchers. President Obama isn't taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled. Former D.C. Councilmember Kevin Chavous of D.C. Children First said October 16 that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had recently approached him and told him to kill the ad. The 30-second ad, which has been airing on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and News Channel 8 to viewers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, urges the president to reauthorize the...
  • D.C. School Vouchers Have a Brighter Outlook in Congress

    10/19/2009 8:51:41 AM PDT · by khnyny · 1 replies · 243+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 19, 2009 | Robert Tomsho
    The District of Columbia's embattled school-voucher program, which lawmakers appeared to have killed earlier this year, looks like it could still survive. Congress voted in March not to fund the program, which provides certificates to pay for recipients' private-school tuition, after the current school year. But after months of pro-voucher rallies, a television-advertising campaign and statements of support by local political leaders, backers say they are more confident about its prospects. Even some Democrats, many of whom have opposed voucher efforts, have been supportive. At a congressional hearing last month, Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and vocal critic of...
  • Democrats and Schools (Kristoff off the NYT reservation)

    10/15/2009 6:45:07 AM PDT · by cartervt2k · 13 replies · 737+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/14/2009 | Nicholas Kristof
    The Democratic Party has battled for universal health care this year, and over the decades it has admirably led the fight against poverty — except in the one way that would have the greatest impact. Good schools constitute a far more potent weapon against poverty than welfare, food stamps or housing subsidies. Yet, cowed by teachers’ unions, Democrats have too often resisted reform and stood by as generations of disadvantaged children have been cemented into an underclass by third-rate schools. President Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, are trying to change that — and one test for the Democrats...
  • Choosing Schools in Nebraska

    10/01/2009 10:33:37 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 619+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 1, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Choosing Schools in Nebraska by: Allie Winegar Duzett, October 01, 2009 School choice has long been a topic of debate among those concerned with American education. Should the government have a monopoly over education? Or should Americans instead be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to schools that could compete with the government’s public school system? Paul DiPerna of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently interviewed 1,200 “likely” Nebraskan voters to see how residents of the state feel about issues with education, including school choice. The study has a 95% confidence level. DiPerna’s study found that Nebraska’s...
  • Bluegrass Blues

    09/10/2009 12:50:22 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 188+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 10, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    Bluegrass Blues by: Sarah Carlsruh, September 10, 2009 It turns out that not many parents in the Bluegrass state want their children to attend public school. Paul DiPerna, author of School Choice Survey in the State: Kentucky’s Opinion on K-12 Education and School Choice, found that people are not happy with the current public school system. This August 2009 study is of Kentucky voters’ opinions on their state’s school system. Strategic Vision, a public relations agency, conducted this survey by making live phone calls to a random sample of 1,200 likely Kentucky voters. Its screening questions were such as to...
  • (Marion) Barry leads DC voucher protest

    09/08/2009 6:20:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies · 888+ views
    Politico ^ | September 8, 2009 | Glenn Thrush
    DC Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry is likely to be arrested today. Barry, a convert to the voucher cause, will be blocking the entrance to the Department of Education building during President Obama's speech to protest the gradual phasing out of the DC school voucher program, according to organizers. The event, organized by Parents for DC Choice, along with Councilman Kevin Chavous, and Dr. Howard Fuller, will target DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, who won't be in the building.
  • Obama Hypocrisy on "Competition"

    09/05/2009 4:26:19 PM PDT · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 7 replies · 681+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | 9/5/2009 | Longview New-Journal
    This summer's health care debate has centered around the creation of a government-run insurance program to compete with those offered by private insurers. President Barack Obama says "public option" isn't intended to end private health insurance, repeatedly telling us that if we like our private plans, we'll be able to keep them. A government plan, he and congressional Democrats insist, will simply provide needed competition for private insurers. And this will be a good thing, of course, because competition leads to better service, lower costs, and more consumer choice. Now a cynic might question the sincerity of the president's newfound...
  • D.C. Mayor in School of Self-Interest?

    08/31/2009 6:37:07 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 8 replies · 610+ views
    Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty seemed silent and secretive about acting in the self-interest of his own children. Asked at a press conference about where his kids were attending school this academic year, he answered, in essence, “None of your business.” Why this sensitivity? Good school, bad schoolOne of Fenty’s sons started school this year at Lafayette Elementary, a public—read government—school in D.C. But the neighborhood school to which kids at Fenty’s residential address would normally be assigned is West Elementary. Lafayette is in one of the best parts of the city. It gets a 10 out of 10 rating...
  • Community Organizes for Vouchers

    08/25/2009 8:11:30 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 233+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 25, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    Community Organizes for Vouchers by: Anthony Kang, August 25, 2009 On August 20th, dozens of elementary students and parents gathered in front of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) in a daytime vigil organized by D.C. Parents for School Choice as part of their SaveThe216 campaign to save the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The D.C. OSP is part of a three-sector education initiative for public schools, charters schools, and OSP participants. The program, which provides low-income children with scholarships of up to $7,500 allowing parents to choose the education they believe is best for their children, was passed...
  • Feinstein/Collins: Extension of 'Cash for Clunkers’ Program Must Adhere to Higher Fuel Efficiency

    08/03/2009 4:59:17 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 20 replies · 1,941+ views
    feinstein.senate.gov ^ | 07/30/09 | difi/collins
    Washington, DC – On the heels of news that all of the $1billion in funding appropriated for the “Cash for Clunkers” or “CARS” program has been exhausted, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today stated that any extension of the program must adhere to higher fuel efficiency and greater emissions reductions. Senators Feinstein and Collins, along with Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) previously authored an alternative “Cash for Clunkers” proposal that would have achieved 32 to 38 percent greater oil savings and emissions reductions than the enacted program. Following is a joint statement from Senators Feinstein and Collins: “The...
  • Choice, Not Echo

    12/17/2008 5:38:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 339+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 17, 2008
    Education: Barack Obama's choice for education secretary tried to run Chicago schools like a business. As with most monopolies without competition, the result was an inferior product at high cost.Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools since 2001, has garnered much praise for his efforts to improve them. But his efforts have largely amounted to pouring new wine into old bottles with little to show for them. Duncan holds a degree in sociology, not education. He supports higher teacher pay and more training but has done little to loosen the teachers' unions' grip on education. Like the UAW, these...
  • My Health Care Freedom Plan (Jim DeMint)

    07/22/2009 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 635+ views
    JimDeMint.com ^ | July 8, 2009 | Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
    In many ways, our health care system is broken. Even people satisfied with their own care are nervous about losing it, concerned about rising costs, and frustrated by the failure of government to bring about genuine reform. But the reason Congress has so far been unable to fix our health care problems is that Congress is too busy creating the problems in the first place. That’s why the current proposals emanating from the White House and congressional Democrats won’t work either. Those proposals would hand over the most personal, private undertaking of our lives — health care — to the...
  • CalPERS Expected To Report Losing Nearly One-Quarter Of Investment Portfolio [$56.8 B Loss]

    07/20/2009 9:29:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 1,253+ views
    LATimes ^ | July 20th 2009
    CalPERS expected to report losing nearly one-quarter of investment portfolio The estimated $56.8-billion drop at the U.S.' largest pension fund, the second annual loss in a row, would have a huge effect on what state and local governments must shell out to support retirees. Marc Lifsher July 20, 2009. Reporting from Sacramento -- California's huge government pension fund is expected to report on Tuesday a whopping annual loss of an estimated $56.8 billion, almost a quarter of its investment portfolio. The loss at the California Public Employees' Retirement System for the fiscal year ended June 30 is the second in...