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Massachusetts Court: School Choice Is Not a “Civil Right”

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.09.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On October 06, 2016, Massachusetts education blogger, Jennifer Berkshire, posted that the Massachusetts Superior Court had tossed a lawsuit arguing th...

Individual Choice Is No Substitute for Democracy

Arthur Camins | Posted 09.29.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Donald Trump and promoters of unelected school boards would have us acquiesce to a contrary subservient vision.

Why Are Parents Of Color And The Poor Expected To Keep Sacrificing Their Kids Wellbeing In Unjust Schools - For An Education?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 08.17.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

We definitely know what failing schools look like because many children of color are forced to attend them every day - but those days will soon change because parents, students and communities are moving from the sidelines into the game of education reform because it has become a matter of survival!

About the Louisiana Voucher Program, Where Failure Really Is an Option

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.25.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On May 19, 2016, Louisiana citizen James Finney submitted a public records request for data concerning student voucher applications submitted by the i...

The RNC's 'Great Lie' About K-12 Education

David A. Pickler | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
David A. Pickler

In his eloquent and powerful speech in support of his father, Donald Trump Jr. said it. Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) said it. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich echoed it. That 'great lie' is the ruse of school "choice."

Kipp Academy Embraced My Son and his Autism

Erika Sanzi | Posted 06.04.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Sanzi

This piece was written by Natasha Megie-Maddrey and originally ran at the blog Good School Hunting I have four children and as with all children, the...

Has Integration In Schools Done More Harm Than Good for Black Learners?

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 05.26.2016 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Even as there are numerous advantages in having as diverse a classrooms, for some learners benefit from culturally affirming environments and being surrounded by others who look like them.

Why Both Political Parties Need Education Reform

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Conservatives argue that markets will solve social problems more efficiently and effectively than the public sector while liberals insist that markets...

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

When it comes to choosing between children who need schools that will prepare them for a successful future and help stabilize our country's economy or policies that benefit adults only and special interests, the choice is clear. We must choose Justice and Children every time!

Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight t...

Do Charter Schools Really Do Better? Let's Look at Los Angeles

Alan Singer | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Advocates for charters schools like to talk about their unwavering commitment to student success, parental choice and the benefits of privatization, b...

Charter School Grads Earn More? Read On...

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On April 06, 2016, in its "Charters and Choice" section, EdWeek published an article entitled, "Charter School Graduates More Likely to Stay in Colleg...

Time For Diane Ravitch to Find a New 'Obsession'

Erika Sanzi | Posted 04.05.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

While it's nothing new for Diane Ravitch to take a swing at former journalist Campbell Brown, her decision to essentially mock Brown's advocacy around the sexual abuse of children is uniquely appalling.

How Gov. Jindal's Voucher Program is Like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Is that comparison in bad taste? Too melodramatic? The high mortality and incarceration rates of poorly educated, impoverished, Black Louisianians indicates otherwise.

What They Didn't Want Black and Brown Parents to Know About The Public Education System...

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

Just because someone "cares" about your struggle doesnt' mean that they're best positioned to do anything about it.

Memo to Clinton and Sanders: Competition is Not a Healthy Choice for School Improvement

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Competition among schools for students and among parents for entry into schools will not lead to systemic improvement or equity in education. It hasn't happened anywhere, nor is there evidence that it can.

The Republican Party's Opportunity to Engage Black Voters

Brian Hawkins | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices
Brian Hawkins

The black experience in America is stricken with the government's failure and inability to redress social and economic issues that disproportionately affect blacks. This is the message that Republicans need to take to mobilize black voters and show that the principles of free markets and limited government works for all Americans.

School Choice: Identifying and Choosing Between Different School Cultures

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

For those who lament the notion that schools are a "business," I'm sorry they are. Even if we did nothing but chose our neighborhood grade school, they are in the "business" of attracting us to their "product" and to highlight that their product is the best in the entire market.

More Options, More Opportunity

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, I can't help but think of how a single choice changed the course my life and how differently things would...

A Strong Voice from the Classroom

Jack Jennings | Posted 01.22.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

John Thompson is a truth-teller. A Teacher's Tale, his new book, honestly addresses the toughest issue in American education--how to improve urban schools impacted by concentrations of poor children.

Our Way Of Assessing Schools Is Upside Down

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

We assume that low achievement indicates a poor school when, in fact, it is merely proof of a neglected community. We persistently fail to address the economic and social injustices that created the community and then we blame schools and teachers for the mayhem we have enabled.

It's January -- Time to Choose a New School

Ayele Shakur | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Ayele Shakur

One of the most important decisions a parent will ever make is selecting a great school which is the right fit for your child. If you don't choose a school for your child, the school district will choose one for you. Bad idea.

Magnetic Attraction: Realizing Student Potential Through Specialized Curricula

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Quietly working to close the achievement gap in America, magnet schools offer competitive education without regard to real estate. Magnet schools originated in the 1970s in hope of promoting voluntary desegregation.

Don't Let the School Choose You: Charter Schools

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.09.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Many Charter schools serve underprivileged students and minorities, and students with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Research shows students who receive proper direction and feel connected to their community are more likely to graduate.

Poor Kids In Chicago Have More Options For Where To Go To School, But That's Not Necessarily Good

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Long gone are the days when poor children in Chicago got trapped in failing neighborhood schools. Nowadays, families from low-income neighborhoods are...