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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.

Presidential Politics and Education

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

On the campaign trail this week, President Obama and Mitt Romney gave television interviews focused on education. They discussed their policy differences and ideas.

'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.

More Independents Favor Republican Education Views, Survey Shows

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

Political independents tend to side more with Republicans than Democrats when it comes to educational issues, a nationally representative survey by th...

When Politics Comes First: The Reasons Republicans Shifted to Supporting Private Schools

Jack Jennings | Posted 09.12.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

All of the Republicans' talk about giving parents the right to choose in education is a politically expedient strategy -- just beneath the surface of the rhetoric are political motivations to thwart integration, weaken the Democratic coalition, and cripple the teachers' unions.

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...

Not All Private Schools Parallel Romney Education Plan

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Expanding school choice is a central piece of Mitt Romney's education p...

Rick Perry Names Tea Party Activist To State's Top Education Post

Posted 08.28.2012 | Education

Tea party activist Michael Williams, former chair of the Texas Railroad Commission, has been named the new commissioner of the Texas Education Agency ...

Duncan: 'No Simple Answer' To Student Debt

Posted 08.24.2012 | Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was recently interviewed by “Bloomberg EDU” host Jane Stoddard Williams for a segment that will air Friday at 1...

School Vouchers Have Little Effect On College Enrollment, With One Exception: Study

Posted 08.24.2012 | Education

The offer of a voucher to attend private school in New York City had little overall effect on college enrollment, according to a study by researchers ...

School Vouchers Make A Comeback, Stir Concerns About Quality

| Sarah Carr | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. NEW ORLEANS — As Louisiana debuts one of the nation’s most extensive private-school vo...

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.

Joy Resmovits

Romney 'Better Positioned' Than John McCain Was On Education, Poll Shows | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama is attacking presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on education this week in speeches, videos and radio adv...

The Two Problems With the New Push for Vouchers

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Roy Speckhardt

When schoolchildren are taught religious dogma instead of a credible academic program, their ability to function in the real world and compete for jobs is drastically diminished.

Ed In The Election: Paul Ryan On Education

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mitt Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice presidentia...

Crazy 'Facts' Students Will Learn Under Jindal's Voucher Program

Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

Under Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s sweeping new school voucher program, tens of millions of Louisiana taxpayer dollars will be used to offer vouch...

Religious Group Assails Jindal Over Controversial Education Decision

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

The leader of a national multi-faith religious group blasted Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's school voucher program this week, charging that ...

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...

Louisiana Sets Rules For Landmark School Voucher Program

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

* Louisiana has the most sweeping voucher program in U.S. * Governor says it spurs competition, expands choice * Critics...

America's Short School Year Correlated With Weak Academic Performance

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

Forgetting curves demonstrate that memory retention declines exponentially over time, so the long American summer vacation takes a major toll on a student's ability to progress.