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Republican Education Policy is Idiotic

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2016 | Education
Dale Hansen

Titan of industry, Henry Ford, once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." For an example of a group that has proven to ironically learn nothing from its past mistakes, one need look no further than the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

From School Choice Advocate to Charter School Mom

Kate Casas | Posted 08.18.2016 | Education
Kate Casas

I focus on charter schools because I have seen from experience that they can build these systems. I know that our laws in Missouri are flexible enough for them to design models that work for their target students.

Your Child, Your Choice: Finding the Right School for Your Child

Smart Parents | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Smart Parents

As parents, you have more school choices available now than at any time in recent history. There are traditional public schools, usually part of a larger district that range from very large urban districts, to smaller and more affluent suburban districts to rural districts with only one, two or three schools.

Every Parent Deserves School Choice

TNTP | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education

For some, the phrase "school choice" heralds the breakdown of our traditional notion of neighborhood public schools. But the truth is we already have a nationwide program of school choice -- just one that only privileged families truly have access to.

Democrats: There Are Better Choices Than School Choice to Improve Education

Arthur Camins | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Over the next year we can expect to hear a lot from Republican presidential candidates about school choice- the word of choice to marshal political support to expand the number charter schools and vouchers for private schools.

I Believe in Freedom of Choice

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.11.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Parents should be able to send their children to the school of their choice, and they do; but the public should not be expected to pay for their private choices.

Graduating Self-Directed Learners Ready to Thrive in College

Smart Parents | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Smart Parents

We are in one of our favorite seasons at Summit Public Schools as college acceptances roll in for our students, and we have the opportunity as a community to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments.

Reflections of an Octogenarian VIII: Charter Schools: Old Pepsi a.k.a. the New Coke

Larry Paros | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Through its unholy partnership with high stakes testing, the charter school movement has diverted our attention from the real issues confronting us and discouraged genuine innovation and reform. To paraphrase Einstein, "Charter schools are to experimentation as military music is to music."

New Orleans: Miracle or Mirage

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

This summer will mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But it also marks the start of an ambitious effort to break up New Orleans' long-beleaguered public school system and replace it with a market-based system in which charter schools compete for customers, in this case students and parents, and for top test scores.

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

Alana Baum | Posted 05.24.2015 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Our challenges are immense and urgent. But we have dedicated educators and families, and a mayor who's proven he'll take the heat to work on our budget. If we responsibly fund education, then even during tough times, we have so much to feel optimistic about.

The Best School Choice: The More Parents Know, the Better

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Curtis Valentine

My role as an unapologetic advocate for public education in the most affluent predominately African-American county in America often turns a trip to the park into a lesson on why large public education systems struggle, and why successful parents may be asking the wrong questions before making choices for their children.

What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

The Illusion of Choice

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

At the moment 68,000 or so NYC 8th graders are anxiously waiting to find out where they'll be offered seats for high school.

How Money Can Fix Public Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Even though the states with the high teacher union rates get better results than the states with the low rates, conservatives still pretend that unions are somehow ruining public education.

A Public Charter School Is Trying to Model Itself After a Private School: Is That a Good Thing?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

To what extent can public charter schools can learn from some of the best ideas that undergird our nation's most outstanding, innovative private schools? It was this question that led the founding principal and executive director of a new, not-yet-opened charter school to spend a few days in the bucolic Pennsylvania countryside late last fall.

Does School Choice Help or Hurt Students?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

By highlighting all the options, are parents more empowered (and students set up better for success), or are we undermining the great equalizer of our youth: the public school system?

Choice Is a Privilege

Michael Beyer | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

In a town like Chicago, "choice" isn't a right, but a privilege based on income, class, and skin color.

What's the Problem With School Choice?

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Michael Keegan

People across ideologies want our education system to work for America's children -- and that goes for many of National School Choice Week's backers as well as its critics. But let's not allow those whose real goal is the destruction of public education to cloak their agenda under the cheerful banner of "school choice."

'Choice' Denying Opportunity?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

It's time to recognize that "choice" risks denying opportunity -- and it's time to examine how the consequences of "choice" stand to impact our nation's productivity and future. America's public schoolchildren are dependent on us, policymakers and the public alike, to make informed choices.

'School Choice' and Disenfranchising the Public

Peter Greene | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Our public school system is set up to serve the public. All the public. It is not set up to serve just parents or just students. We all depend on a society in which people are reasonably well-educated. But a "choice" system says, "No, you only get a say in how education works if you have a kid."

Educating Reformers and Activists: Dr. Howard Fuller's Powerful Example and Lessons

Paul Schmitz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Paul Schmitz

Dr. Howard Fuller's new memoir, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform should be a textbook for how a leader defines and lives by the integrity of such purpose and values.

National School Choice Week: A Response to Steve Nelson

Andrew Campanella | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Andrew Campanella

Dear Mr. Nelson: I read your piece on the Huffington Post about National School Choice Week. I am happy to reply to your (second) open letter to us. ...

National School Choice Week Is Right-Wing Propaganda

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I'm not buying what you're selling and, frankly, I'm wondering how you can engage in such a scheme without some sense of shame. I'm publishing this response because I hope other school administrators, teachers and families won't fall for this devious marketing ploy.

Can Public Schools Survive School Choice Initiatives?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Can public schools thrive in a school choice environment? I think so, yes. Options like charter, magnet, private, online and homeschool curricula are not meant to undermine the nation's public schools but to build them up through shared quality standards. There is room for all choices in K-12 schools and students benefit from the options.

Joy Resmovits

It's Getting Really Hard To Keep Track Of Who Supports And Who Opposes Bobby Jindal's Education Policies | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

On Wednesday, less than a month after the Black Alliance for Educational Options supported a lawsuit against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) over his ...