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  • Preferential treatment [ Ed Sec Arne Duncan has a record of allowing *some* school choice]

    02/15/2011 8:14:37 AM PST · by rhema · 3 replies
    WORLD ^ | 2/26/11 | Daniel James Devine
    When it comes to school choice, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are for it and against it. They've been proponents of charter schools but have opposed allowing parents to use tax-funded vouchers to enroll their children in private schools. In 2009 Duncan and Obama allowed a voucher program for 1,700 low-income students in Washington, D.C.—the first federal program of its kind—to expire, although a U.S. Department of Education analysis last year found it had improved graduation rates by 12 percentage points. Now House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is pushing a bipartisan effort to resurrect the program....
  • John Boehner to end Obama’s war on DC’s poor children: Elections make a difference

    01/31/2011 10:33:03 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | JANUARY 31ST, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    “ February 2008, while gearing up for his run at the presidency, Barack Obama told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “I will not allow my predispositions [to oppose vouchers] to stand in the way of making sure that our kids can learn. We’re losing several generations of kids, and something has to be done…….” His union masters Democrats serve at the pleasure of unions ……… powerful unions are the Teachers Unions across the country. In separate questionnaires submitted to both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, Obama had affirmed his opposition to vouchers which are government scholarships provided...
  • Boehner Hopes To Revive DC School Voucher

    01/27/2011 4:48:51 AM PST · by careyb · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/27/11 | Brett Zongker
    GOP House Speaker John Boehner and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman introduced legislation Wednesday to revive a school voucher program for District of Columbia students nearly two years after Congress began phasing it out. In a statement Wednesday, Boehner said the D.C. program is a model that can work well in other cities and should be the starting point of any new bipartisan education reform legislation developed with President Barack Obama's administration.
  • Mom Jailed Over Kids' School.

    01/26/2011 5:38:48 PM PST · by TheRealDBear · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 26, 2011 | ABC News Now
    Kelley Williams-Bolar is jailed for lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.
  • Opponents speak out against tuition vouchers [PA]

    01/20/2011 9:30:31 AM PST · by brityank · 35 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 20, 2011 | Tom Barnes
    Opponents speak out against tuition vouchers Thursday, January 20, 2011 By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteHARRISBURG -- In his inaugural speech, Gov. Tom Corbett barely hinted at what is sure to become one of the most hotly debated issues of the spring -- "school choice," also known as "tuition vouchers." It would be a major change in how the state funds education. "Our students compete not only with those from the other 49 states, but with students from around the world," the new chief executive said Tuesday. "So we must embrace innovation, competition and choice in our education system." The measure,...
  • Gov. Sandoval to pursue constitutional change for school choice (NV)

    01/14/2011 7:32:52 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 2 replies
    MyNews4 (NBC) ^ | 01/14/2011 | Sean Whaley
    Gov. Brian Sandoval will seek a constitutional amendment in the upcoming session of the Nevada Legislature to allow for public tax dollars to be used in a school voucher program that would include religious schools, a staff member said this week. Senior Adviser Dale Erquiaga, in a briefing with the media on Thursday, said a voucher bill submitted by former Gov. Jim Gibbons will be rewritten by the Sandoval administration. Sandoval intends to pursue the constitutional change, he said. Changing the Nevada constitution is a complex process that would take as many as six years to accomplish, including voter approval....
  • Gov.-Elect Rick Scott Hints at School Vouchers for All at St. Petersburg Rally

    12/11/2010 4:24:08 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | December 10, 2010 | Ron Matus and Michael C. Bender
    Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott on Thursday blew the door wide open to the idea of a voucherlike program for all students, saying he's working with lawmakers to allow state education dollars to follow a student to the school his or her parents choose. "So if the parents want to spend it on virtual school, then spend it on virtual school," he continued. "If they want to spend it on, you know, whatever education system they believe in, whether it's this public school or that public school or this private school or that private school, that's what ought to happen."
  • A Political Approach on Reforming Schools (FL)

    12/05/2010 4:46:07 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 44 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 5 December 2010 | Editorial
    Contrary to what is best for students, Florida Republicans are once again drawing battle lines over education reform. Gov.-elect Rick Scott fell into the trap last week by appointing an education transition team tilted against traditional public schools and in favor of private schools and tuition vouchers. Scott's education transition team is packed with advocates for private school vouchers, charter schools and changes in teacher tenure. Scott's team includes Michelle Rhee, the controversial former Washington, D.C., school chancellor credited with ending teacher tenure there, and John Kirtley, a voucher advocate who has had repeated success in expanding the state's program...
  • Larry Elder: Time for Republicans to Man Up About Race

    10/19/2010 8:18:40 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 5 replies
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 10/19/10 | Joy Tiz
    The struggle for civil rights is over. The good guys won. The battle now is against wrongheaded ‘compassionate’ policies. -Larry Elder Larry Elder goes after both wimpy Republicans, of which there are still far too many and state controlled indoctrination centers in IBD, warning that the monolithic, pro Democrat vote is a “clear and present danger to America.” "Politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, treat blacks like children. When a Republican addresses a black audience, you can make book on how long it takes before he refers to Martin Luther King Jr. Either he marched with King or his father did,...
  • Republicans need to man up and ask black voters, 'Are you better off?'

    10/14/2010 10:05:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies · 1+ views
    One News Now ^ | 10/14/2010 | Larry Elder
    The monolithic pro-Democratic black vote is a clear and present danger to America. As recently as 1956, the GOP captured 39 percent of the black vote. If Republicans can seize just 20 or 30 percent of the black vote, the Democratic Party -- and its ability to pull the country to the left -- could be stopped, if not reversed. "The 'black vote'?" I said to a white Republican politician who asked my advice. "I'll tell you how to go after it, but you won't do it." "Try me," he said. Politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, treat blacks like children....
  • Dear Obama, You attended private school. So do your kids. Give other black children that chance

    10/02/2010 12:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 2, 2010 | Maureen Downey
    Check out today’s ad in The New York Times by the civil rights leader Kevin P. Chavous, chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, condemning President Obama for his failure to support school choice nationwide. (The alliance advocates for vouchers and is supported by several pro school choice foundations, including the Walton Family Foundation.) Chavous asks President Obama to endorse school vouchers, saying that the president himself attended the most elite school in Hawaii because of scholarships. At the risk of being pilloried, I have to point out that the evidence is not strong that vouchers have dramatically improved...
  • Obama: D.C. Public Schools Are "Struggling"

    09/27/2010 7:47:52 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 49 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | September 27, 2010 | Staff
    President Barack Obama said Monday morning during a live interview on NBC that his daughters couldn't get the same quality education at a District public school that they currently get at their private school. Obama says the schools in the District of Columbia are "struggling," though he said there have been some important steps made in the direction of reform. The president's daughters, Malia and Sasha, attend the Sidwell Friends School, an elite private school. Public schools in Washington have faced criticism for their low test scores and high graduation rates. The president took a question from Florida resident Kelly...
  • Education Discussion: Obama-Lauer Never Say V-Word

    09/27/2010 11:02:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    No, not that v-word. V . . . as in vouchers. They might as well have been a couple of Soviet apparatchiks in 1955 discussing implementing better production procedures in diesel-engine factories. You can talk all day about “best practices, “what works,” blah, blah, blah. But there’s only one thing that has or will ever worked to improve the quality of any product, from football teams to cars to education: competition. The only way to introduce real competition into education is via vouchers: giving parents and children real choice and making all schools—from government ones to parochial to private—compete on...
  • School choice bill in Trouble - 'Stalemate' over scholarship plan

    07/27/2010 8:54:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | July 14, 2010 | PATRICIA ALEX
    A bill that would allow more public schools to offer seats to out-of-district students has passed the Legislature and is awaiting Governor Christie's signature. The idea for the expanded school choice program was tried out on a pilot basis. While still in the trial stage, it led to the creation of the Academies@Englewood, which drew students from other school districts and was aimed at desegregating Dwight Morrow High School. But the new legislation is unlikely to have much of an impact in North Jersey where most cash-strapped schools are operating at capacity and officials say they are not in a...
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • Teach union goes wild & Woody

    05/30/2010 4:04:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 443+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 30, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    Along with its usual claims that cuts will destroy schools, the Web site of the United Federation of Teachers marks the union's 50th anniversary by paying strange homage to a firebrand founder, Albert Shanker. It does so by saying that, "In a movie, Woody Allen once described Albert Shanker as a mad bomber who destroys the world." The union apparently sees this lone sentence as high praise for its late boss. The movie was "Sleeper," a 1973 hit where Allen, director and star, wakes 200 years in the future. Amid gags about dehumanizing machinery -- remember the Orgasmatron? -- Allen...
  • A Crack in the School-Choice Dike?

    05/20/2010 4:47:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 281+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Few organizations are as consistently liberal as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), especially when it comes to matters of church and state. The ADL devotes an entire page on its Web site (www.adl.org) to church-state separation and wants the "wall" between the two to remain as high and impenetrable as possible, believing that to lower it would have a negative effect on both. Which makes it remarkable that the executive committee of ADL's Philadelphia chapter has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution endorsing vouchers that would allow children in underperforming schools in poor neighborhoods to escape to schools that would...
  • 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...