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'Won't Back Down' Film Pushes ALEC Parent Trigger Proposal

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

As the movie's stars take to the airwaves this week to promote the film, it is unlikely they will discuss the agenda of the film's billionaire backers or the right-wing politicians and for-profit firms who are promoting the parent trigger idea.

Romney Adviser: How Romney Would Take On Unions, Shrink Education Department

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has attempted to make his philosophy about how to impro...

2012 GOP Platform: 'English First,' No Counseling, Contraception In Sex Ed

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

Rejecting a “one size fits all” approach to education, the 2012 GOP education platform advocates providing broad education choices to parents and ...

Polls, Politics and Education

Jeanne Allen | Posted 10.27.2012 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Polls and survey aside, let's hope that these next two weeks of convention mania yield the understanding that education reform is central to our future solvency.

School Choice Is the Tip of a Titanic Iceberg

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

Those who support school choice initiatives are wittingly or unwittingly complicit in the disintegration of the great American experiment.

Indiana Public Schools Wage Desperate Ad Campaign To Keep Students

AP | TOM COYNE | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door i...

Parent Trigger Laws: What Leading Thinkers Have To Say

| Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Parents in Adelanto, Calif., scored a victory for advocates of the "par...

Louisiana Voucher Program Includes Schools That Teach Creationism, Reject Evolution

Posted 07.31.2012 | Education

Public dollars in Louisiana's landmark new voucher program will go toward sending children to schools that teach creationism and reject evolution, the...

The Case for Public-School Choice in the Suburbs

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Perhaps the best case for customization and choice in the 'burbs is that it will result in better schools. If one-size-fits-all doesn't work in the city, why does it work in the suburbs?

Lawmakers Object To Funding Islamic School, But Offer Vouchers To Christian Schools

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

Sectarian feuds reignited in Louisiana last week when lawmakers debated whether to provide federal funding for Muslim and Christian schools under a ne...

Judge: Arkansas May Not Base School Enrollment Decisions 'Solely On Race'

AP | JEANNIE NUSS | Posted 08.08.2012 | Education

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge on Friday struck down an Arkansas school choice law, saying race couldn't be the only factor considered in d...

Education Reform Is Much More Than Partisan Politics

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

There is no Republican or Democratic way to teach a kid to read, write, count or compete. Only good teachers, good parents, and good schools can do that.

What Can We Learn From School Integration's Successes and Failures?

Sarah Garland | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Sarah Garland

Both the successes and failures of school integration have a lot to teach those seeking to reform the public education system today.

Activists Targeting U.S. Schools, Backed By Big Bucks

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon May 15 (Reuters) - During her tumultuous three years at the head of the Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rh...

A Personal Commitment to Educate All Kids

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 07.15.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

We can't wait for schools to get better while we continue to lose kids. We must act now by immediately implementing education reforms for kids in low-performing schools.

Optimizing for the Common Good

Joel Mahoney | Posted 07.01.2012 | Technology
Joel Mahoney

Last year, Code for America built an application to streamline the Boston school discovery process. By moving the eligibility criteria into the application's source code, DiscoverBPS allows parents to focus on what's important to them.

Maybe Private School Is Cheaper Than Ritalin

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Holly Robinson

Your child needs to be learning in a place that will support his strengths rather than view him as a problem. For children who are bright or anxious, active or inattentive, simply changing how and where they learn can make all the difference.

Better Schools Aren't a Partisan Issue

Joe Trippi | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Joe Trippi

If we can't come together and put politics and ideology aside to focus on the future of our kids, is there any issue where true bi-partisanship can emerge?

For Democrats, Embrace of Options Must Extend Beyond Celebratory Week

Malcom Glenn | Posted 08.21.2012 | Denver
Malcom Glenn

There's frequent talk of how the school choice debate no longer falls along traditional ideological lines -- of how courageous Democrats are embracing charters, vouchers, and other reforms. Last week was proof positive of the turning tide.

School Choice: It's Not for Everyone, and that's the Problem

Maureen Costello | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

When we talk about school choice -- which is most often associated with charter schools -- we can't let feel-good words and a glitzy campaign prevent us from providing our children with the best education possible.

Bishop Slams Public Schools: Hitler And Mussolini 'Would Love Our System'

Posted 01.24.2012 | Education

Religious leaders in Philadelphia are frustrated with the battle over school choice, to the extent that Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden says fascist...

Does The Largest School Choice Program Illegally Use Public Money To Support Religion?

AP | By CHARLES WILSON | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

INDIANAPOLIS -- A judge upheld Indiana's school voucher law on Friday, rejecting opponents' arguments that the largest such program in the nation unco...

10 Education Pieces From 2011

John Merrow | Posted 03.13.2012 | Education
John Merrow

With 2012 off to a strong start, we wanted to quickly look back on 2011 and showcase some of the production work that my organization, Learning Matters, did last year.

Joy Resmovits

New GOP Education Bills Unlikely To Go Far | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Just in time for the law's 10th anniversary this past Sunday, House Republicans led by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) have released draft legislation for r...

Holly Springs-Hickory Flat, GA: Building America's Superschool | Posted 03.05.2012 | Home

"When you add in private schools and preschools, it makes your community more appealing."...