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School Reform: Does Something Smell Rotten?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The pot of $600 billion dollars of taxpayer money, allocated every year to educate American children in public schools, has proven to be irresistible to corporate and political interests.

Public Funds, Private Education: What the Polls Say

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Kathleen Weldon

The Republican party's educational platform prioritizes school choice and the programs that facilitate it, while the Democratic party has rejected the idea of vouchers and similar systems. Party identification, however, does not seem to drive attitudes about this issue among the public.

If the Money Belongs to the Student...

Peter Greene | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

I've resisted this notion for a long time. The money, I liked to say, belongs to the taxpayers, who have used it to create a school system that serves the entire community by filling that community with well-educated adults. But hey-- maybe I've been wrong.

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.

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.

Why Conservatives Should Hate School Choice

Peter Greene | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Conservatives often claim they are big fans of school choice. I think they're wrong. I don't mean that I want to disagree with them using fluffy progressive liberal arguments. I mean that in the world of conservative values and goals, school choice really doesn't fit. Let me explain.

Wisconsin Senate Blind-Sided By the Department of Public Instruction

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Nearly three years later, just yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate finally caught wind of the investigation through the media, and decided to inquire further.

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

Florida's Elusive Voucher Waitlist

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Does a controversial bill with a billion-dollar price tag hang on a wait list that might not even exist? I sincerely hope not.

Equipping Florida Parents to Expose Jeb Bush's Florida Education 'Miracle'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Jeb Bush Florida Education "Miracle" is a sham, Florida parents. Tell all who will listen that you know so.

Equality?!

Kate Casas | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Kate Casas

My students could teach our policymakers that everyone should be approaching education with the idea that equality should really be about how to get every student what they need to succeed.

An Open Letter To National School Choice Week

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

It's a free country (at least for the time being.) But be honest about it. I find it deeply offensive that you would obfuscate your true intentions and exploit children and unaware adults to advance your destructive political agenda.

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...

'Reform Fatigue' Stalls Popular Education Measure

AP | TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS -- The timing would seem perfect for an expansion of school vouchers in Indiana, where the state's high court recently upheld the nation'...

Katherine Graham Must Be Turning Over in Her Grave

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

For many years the Washington Post was a reliably progressive paper responsive to its reader's interests. However the Post today is no longer that paper.

Left-of-Center Reformers: Join the Voucher Movement Today

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

Reformers on the left: Unite! (With those of us on the right who already support the entire range of parental choice.)

DC's Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

D.C. can easily cover the sequester cuts, given the $400 million budget surplus it announced earlier this year. The outstanding question, however, is whether or not Mayor Vince Gray will be an advocate for this city's growing poor population.

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.

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!

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.

Ed Today: Antonio Villaraigosa's Education Reforms Questioned By Mayoral Contenders

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Reform Fatigue In L.A.? "Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way On Education Reform, But His Potential Successors Are Reluctant To Pick Up The Torch," reads the headline of an L.A. Weekly blog post.. The two top mayoral contenders to replace Villaraigosa at the helm of the nation's second largest school district aren't campaigning Villaraigosa-style reforms. The West Coast city's dynamic seems to echo New York's -- mayoral candidates have eschewed, for the most part, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big, controversial reform agenda.

Ed Today: Teacher Overproduction, D.C. Mulling New Truancy Punishments

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Teacher Pipeline Problem? Stephen Sawchuk looks at the data so you don't have to, and finds that many states are producing more elementary school teachers than they'll need in the future. It's a supply and demand problem. "There is not a tight link the way there is in other countries, where there is a management of access to particular majors in higher education, tied to perceived needs of teachers, and also a national system for getting teachers who have graduated to the hard-to-staff places," one economist told him.

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.

Louisiana Voucher Students Don't Need to Be Kicked Off School Choice Lifeboat

Robert Enlow | Posted 02.02.2013 | Education
Robert Enlow

If you follow the logic of America's teachers unions -- and particularly those in Louisiana -- it's better for all children to get a lousy education than for some to get the chance to escape to a better school using a voucher.