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The Philosophical Tug-of-war of School Vouchers

Byron Williams | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Byron Williams

No public policy is a panacea and vouchers on the surface appear to do more harm than good. By redirecting public school funds to private institutions, the latter is strengthened by further weakening the former.

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing; John Deasy Seeks Waiver: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing? As YNet reports, Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious schools, which receive public money, will have to take standardized tests -- as ordered by the Supreme Court. A judge said that such schools "should start taking things seriously, or face the consequences." Why, you ask, do I bring you news from across the planet? It's an interesting parallel to an ongoing debate on our own soil. In the U.S., there has been much talk over whether private schools that receive public-school vouchers or tax credits should be held to the same standards as their public school peers. Obviously the structure is different, and in Israel there's no public-private distinction between the schools. But it's still fascinating to watch.

Ed Today: Scott Walker's Voucher Fight; School Safety Questions

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Walker-Style Voucher Fight? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker first tangled with his state's teachers union when he signed a bill that upended collective bargaining. Now he's at it again, and this time, the fight is over school vouchers. "The debate over Walker's public education funding proposal and desire to grow alternatives such as private school vouchers is likely to be one of the fiercest in the Statehouse this year, even dividing Republicans who control the Legislature," the Associated Press reports.

Jon Ward

Eric Cantor Wants To Rescue GOP's 'Lost' Message

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) entered the 10th-grade classroom at a private school in the Petworth neighborhood of the na...

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee's Regrets, School Voucher Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Rhee-grets, She Has A Few? Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is out with a new memoir this week (called "Radical"), and she's making the talk show rounds to promote it. Yesterday, she told George Stephanopolous on "This Week" that maybe she shouldn't have fired that principal on TV. "My style is very deliberative and very focused on doing what's right for kids.  And so I wouldn't change that so much," Rhee said.  "Should I have fired ineffective principals?  Absolutely.  Should I have done so on national TV?  Probably not." Here's a Times interview, in which she says she regrets initially not taking test security questions seriously. Also, Rhee is scheduled to be on The Daily Show tonight, so that should be fun!

'Expanding Choice Is a Way to Help Level the Playing Field'

Doug Tuthill | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Doug Tuthill

A way to combat the challenges faced by students in poverty is to give their parents more options. Affluent parents can buy homes in neighborhoods with preferred school zones, home school or pay for a private school. But low-income parents don't have these opportunities.

Ed Today: Voucher Expansion Proposed By Ohio Gov. Kasich

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Vouchers To Grow In Ohio? In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's (R) budget plan would reduce funding gaps between wealthy and poor public school districts and also create a new voucher program, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The new vouchers would give about $4,250 a year toward private-school tuition to any kindergartener whose family is making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. The next year, Kasich would expand the program to include first graders. While an existing scholarship plan currently does something similar for 15,702 students, a full 1.8 million students would qualify for the new plan's income requirements The budget plan includes a 6 percent overall school funding increase the following year, and then 3.2 percent more the next year.

Why I Support School Choice

Michael McShane | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Michael McShane

What choice does is establish the conditions under which change can happen. It frees families from an intransigent bureaucracy that has failed to meet their needs for decades.

Breaking the Congressional Logjam on Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Daily, members of Congress orate on the need for American schools to improve. Yet yesterday, the legislation authorizing every major federal program to assist education has expired or will soon lapse due to the lack of action by Congress.

School Choice Won't Mean All Choices Are Equal

Patte Barth | Posted 03.10.2013 | Education
Patte Barth

To many in the pundit and policy class, education reform comes down to one idea -- school choice. Unfortunately, the opportunities choice advocates propose do not bring a guarantee that the choice will be a good one for kids, and it can even be worse.

Legislative Action In Education Threatened By Polarized State Governments

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Andrew Ujifusa | Posted 03.09.2013 | Education

State lawmakers will attempt to tackle a range of issues in legislative sessions getting under way this month, from making common academic standards a...

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Calls Equal Education Opportunity A Lie

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) took to the nation's capital on Tuesday to make the case for school vouchers. "To oppose school choic...

Rethink School Choice

Kevin Welner | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Kevin Welner

Must teachers at cyberschools or charter schools be fully trained and certified? Should any constraints be placed on the choice decisions of parents and schools in order to avoid segregation and stratification by wealth, race, special needs, or other attributes?

The Republican Problem on Vouchers

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
Jason Stanford

When Texans are more in favor of giving more money to the government than they are for passing a conservative pet project, Republicans have a problem.

Judge: Nation's Most Sweeping Voucher Program Is Unconstitutional

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education

By Stephanie Simon Nov 30 (Reuters) - A state judge on Friday shot down Louisiana's sweeping school voucher program, ruling that the ...

Ruling Expected On Constitutionality Of Nation's Largest Voucher Program

Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

A Louisiana district court judge is expected to rule this week on the constitutionality of the state's controversial school voucher program. Baton ...

Michigan Board Of Education Considers Public Education Funding Overhaul

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

Members of Michigan’s Board of Education will mull several legislative proposals Tuesday commissioned by Gov. Rick Snyder that would have far-reachi...

Enrollment In Indiana Voucher Program Skyrockets In 2nd Year

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

Enrollment in Indiana's school voucher program has more than doubled in the program's second year, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday...

The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Diane Ravitch

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.15.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

I am honored to share the perspectives of Diane Ravitch as we continue the discussion of the issues that we believe will be a priority for the next President of the United States.

What's Wrong with Romney's Massive Federal School Voucher Proposal and What Should Congress Do Instead?

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

Congress should not use federal money and power to terminate states' and localities' historic responsibility, and control, of public education for a large and vulnerable portion of Americans. It should reject the proposed massive, unproven, and unworkable voucher proposal.

NOW Panel Discusses State Of Public Education, Real Implications Of Romney's PBS Comments

Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

MSNBC's NOW panel on Wednesday discussed Mitt Romney’s infamous Big Bird comments and his wavering views on education, as well as the two schools of...

School Choice Programs Expanded Nationwide Despite Heavy Opposition

Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

In an article titled “School Choice Marches Forward” for Education Next, Jonathan Butcher, Education Director for the Goldwater Institute, examine...

Schools of Choice

Dave Stieber | Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The very definition of School Choice means some students will be able to go to the school of their choice, while the other students will be left behind. The idea of School Choice is another top down policy brought in from the business sector.

Does Romney Have an Opening with Latino Voters on Education Reform?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

A spate of polls suggests that Romney's message on school choice -- supporting direct funding to parents through school vouchers, for example -- has the potential to resonate with Latinos.

Advantage Romney

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Sorry, Obama-heads, Mitt Romney isn't easy softball prey like John McCain or Alan Keyes. Moreover, in a TV debate, Romney does not fit the uncaring, detached rich guy stereotype that Team Obama has been shoveling out there to cover up the President's palpable economic and budgetary failures.