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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.

Women and the Vote in 2012

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

For those candidates looking to court women voters, focusing on the survival of programs that keep food on the table, provide medical care, ensure a fair and equitable workplace, and give women the deciding voice in their own reproductive health care choices is a good place to start.

Finally, a Debate About Education

Randy Turner | Posted 12.23.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

Who would have guessed that it would take a debate on foreign policy to reveal what Barack Obama and Mitt Romney think about education?

A Doorstep Focus Group Every Night

Richard Trumka | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Mitt Romney's Achilles heel is what he supports and what he won't own up to. President Obama's strategy should be to relentlessly explain, explain, explain.

Medicare Under Siege, Yet Stronger Than Ever

Sen. Harry Reid | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Sen. Harry Reid

If Congressman Ryan truly wants to reduce health care spending, he should look no further than the Affordable Care Act. I will never stop fighting to preserve this successful program.

A Voucher-Based System for Medicare Is Not a Solution for Health Care

Kenneth Davis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Kenneth Davis

Putting private insurers into the ring with traditional Medicare, it is presumed, will change the trajectory of overall health care costs, and solve our cost crisis. Unfortunately, the answer is not so simple.

5 Things I Learned From The First Presidential Debate

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

The 2012 U.S. presidential campaign was turned upside down by Mitt Romney's victory in last night's debate in Denver. Here's where the old debate coach thinks the election strands now.

Insecurity Separates Middle Class From Romney, Ryan

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

While the middle class is losing faith, two Yale researchers say it doesn't have to be that way. In their plan, everyone benefits, but it's not a strategy likely to be adopted by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who have never experienced the pain of economic insecurity.

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 ...

Mandatory Trickle-Down: Tax Breaks for the Rich in the Form of Job Vouchers for the Poor

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

Let's put the premise of Ryan's libertarian economics to a test he can believe in: let's offer tax breaks to the wealthy in the form of jobs vouchers

Voucher Time

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Jon Ward

Mitt Romney's 'Nice Guy' Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has charged that President Barack Obama's campaign is engaging in "character assassination" by running ads that paint him as...

Michael McAuliff

Paul Ryan's Vision For Medicare Will Win, Dem Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats who are staking the 2012 election in part on the charge that Republicans will "end Medicare as we know it" likely will join in...

The Lesson of the Cupcakes: Fix Schools by Resisting Gimmicks and Heeding Evidence

Kevin Welner | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

There are no miracle cures or magic beans. If we increase opportunities to learn, the result will be more learning; if we deny opportunities to learn, the result is equally predictable.

The Crisis in American Education Is a Myth

Randy Turner | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

For too long we have allowed politicians to ignore dealing with the real problems of poverty and permitted them to use education as a convenient scapegoat for their negligence.

To Bill Gates: I Don't Need Your Money

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

Don't get me wrong. I deeply respect that you and your wife care about the community and the world. But if you want to really help, here's one small way:

Message to Missouri Schools: If They Don't Sound Like Us, Check Their Papers

Randy Turner | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

Missouri State Sen. Will Kraus would like to see Missouri join Arizona and Alabama in requiring public schools to become the law enforcement arm of a right-wing agenda.

Romney Clueless on Veterans

Ashwin Madia | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

Just before the weekend, Mitt Romney held a Veterans Day event in South Carolina. A nice photo op, for sure. Yet, it wasn't the pictures, but his words, that made news.

Corrosive High-Stakes Politics Extends to "Nonpartisan" Denver School Board Elections

Michele Swenson | Posted 12.26.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Considering that campaign spending limits apply to every other elected office in the state except local school board elections, it was only a matter of time before extreme corporate cash debased local school board elections.