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School Choice in Mississippi: Limited Vouchers

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

On Sunday, I wrote about my recent interest in the issue of school choice in my home state of Mississippi based on the latest education rankings that ...

School Choice in Mississippi: Limited Interdistrict Options

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Last month, I wrote about Education Week's latest Quality Counts report that gave my home state of Mississippi an "F" ranking in student achievement a...

Expanding School Choice: An Education Revolution or Diversion?

Patte Barth | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Patte Barth

Far from an education revolution, the political attention given choice and competition is diverting us from the hard work of making sure public schools prepare every child for their next steps after graduation.

School Choice Is a Whale-Sized Red Herring

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

The connective tissue of our nation is under assault. Rather than inviting our children into public spaces to learn, we are setting up mechanisms for families to isolate their children in settings that share only their particular view of society.

In Louisiana, a Win for School Choice (and Students)

James Golsan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
James Golsan

Fear of litigation is always a major concern when a state considers whether to pass a choice program, though typically the fear is that the lawsuit will come from within the state, not the federal government.

Is "School Choice" an Anti-Public School Sentiment?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

There are a lot more options for receiving K-12 education today than when I was growing up. Long gone are the days when parents had to pick between th...

College Admissions: The One Statistic That Counts

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Khanh Ho

The students I hope to reach have over-worked parents who will in all probability cannot spare the time to read this. Many of these students don't have access to computers. Many of these parents might not even read English.

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Goes After Eric Holder

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is steamed. Earlier this week the state was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice over its school voucher system, ...

Why Ken Cuccinelli's Plan for Education Is Concerning

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Virginia has become a hotbed for those who wish to strip the country of the spirit of protection afforded by the language Jefferson composed centuries ago.

School Choice: Part of the Solution to Our Broken Education System

Sen. Rand Paul | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Sen. Rand Paul

All children, no matter who they are or where they live, deserve an equal chance to develop their skills and intellect. But today in America, too many kids don't get that chance.

National Parents Day -- Celebrating Parent Power

Ben Austin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Ben Austin

For as long as I can remember, parent involvement has been at the heart of almost every major education reform effort.

Joy Resmovits

Are Charter Schools Worth It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Charter school students on average slightly outpace comparable public school kids in reading and tie them in math, according to a large study of acade...

Missouri Court Liberates Children Trapped in Failed Schools

Kate Casas | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Kate Casas

Each and every parent and child should be able to find the right school before they suffer the consequences of failure.

Randi Weingarten Declares Victory

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

This article comes to us courtesy of the New Haven Independent. PALO ALTO—Three thousand miles away from New Haven, the city became Exhibit A in ...

Louisiana Court Nixes Funding For School Vouchers

Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

Louisiana's Supreme Court issued a 6-1 decision on Tuesday that struck down Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) plan to power a private school voucher program wit...

Into Darkness: The Texas Legislature Winds Down

James Golsan | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
James Golsan

The one thing this series of suits and finance formula rewrites has produced through the years is perpetual dissatisfaction in the education community. We have tinkered with, but never fundamentally altered, the way the Texas education system operates.

April 9: Choice Day in the Texas Senate

James Golsan | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
James Golsan

Texas education needs change. The reasons for it -- an embarrassing dropout rate, poor academic performance, rising education costs -- are clear.

Ed Today: NYC Teachers' Free Pass? Charter School Lobbying Changes

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

NYC Teachers' Free Pass? The Wall Street Journal crunched eight years worth of data, and found that more than 10 percent of principals did not flunk one teacher on their evaluations. "The findings give ammunition to Department of Education officials who say the teacher-rating system should be changed," WSJ's Lisa Fleisher writes. "New York City is one of a handful of school districts statewide that hasn't adopted a new, more nuanced system of grading teachers. ... Under the current system, teachers are either rated unsatisfactory or satisfactory. Annually, less than 3% of teachers citywide are marked "unsatisfactory."

Charter Schools? Why, Exactly?

Rob Furman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Rob Furman

There has been constant debate surrounding charter schools. I have a very simple question that I want to explore: What's the point?

In Philly, The Struggle To Make High School Work Pits Sentiment vs. Data

Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

This story was reported through a partnership in education coverage between WHYY/NewsWorks and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. For almost ...

North Carolina Prepares to Challenge Texas in the Liberty Sweepstakes

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

The Republican Party, for the first time in modern history, has gained control of all three branches of the Tar Heel State's government.

On School Choice

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Paul Schwennesen

The winds of competition can be uncomfortably brisk, but they do a marvelous job of clearing the cobwebs...

Teacher-Evaluation Plans Bedevil D.C., Waiver States

www.edweek.org | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, many of them are still negotiating with the U.S. Dep...

Leaders Wrestle With How To Compare Quality Of Choice Vs. Public Schools

www.jsonline.com | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents

On a recent Friday at a south side Catholic school, classes were dismissed so teachers could spend the entire day poring over an increasingly critical...

Reform in Texas Education: Why We So Desperately Need It

James Golsan | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
James Golsan

Attempts to expand access to private schools are often viewed as an assault on public education. The reality is that private choice programs not only benefit participating students, but benefit the surrounding public school system as well.