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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.

HUGE News On School Vouchers

AP | CHARLES WILSON and TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the nation's broadest school voucher program in a ruling supporters say could set a n...

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...

Christie's Budget Calls For More School Choice

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. -- With relatively small expenditures, Gov. Chris Christie is using his proposed state budget to push harder for more school choice for ...

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.

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.

Open House Do's and Don'ts

Sam Chaltain | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Sam Chaltain

It's that time of year again, when parents across the country -- but particularly parents in major American cities -- prepare to schedule a flurry of open houses in a frantic search for the best school for their child.

Wall Street Behind Charter School Push

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Jason Stanford

The specter of resegregating our schools along racial and economic lines under the cloak of school choice presents a more daunting future for a state that is growing poorer, browner, and younger.

More Educational Choice Needed in 2013

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Why is it that after years and years of trying, we can't get education right in this country? The answer can possibly be found in the famous Einstein quote about the definition of insanity which is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

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 ...

Jeb Bush, With Cash And Clout, Pushes Contentious School Reforms

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2013 | Education

By Stephanie Simon Nov 27 (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush soared to rock star status in the education wor...

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...