The Center for Education Reform (CER) has released its 2015 Parent Power Index (PPI). Each state receives a grade in school choice, charter schools, online learning, teacher quality, and transparency.[…]
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A hundred years ago, teachers first formed unions in the United States. At that time, too many teachers lost their jobs for reasons such as an unplanned pregnancy or gaining too much weight. Wages and working conditions often were substandard.
In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of School Reform News Heather Kays speaks with Tennessee Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) Mendell Grinter. Grinter and Kays discuss whether School Choice should be considered a Civil Rights issue.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) reports, incorrectly, on the funding of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, noting, “The nonprofit entity collects money from the state as directed by donors who[…]
In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of School Reform News Heather Kays speaks to Dick Komer, Senior Attorney at The Institute for Justice. Komer has litigated on behalf of parents and children in many school choice cases, including the recent victory for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Although we often hear about distinctive American features such as apple pie, baseball, and freedom of speech, the single greatest characteristic of the American way is the willingness to provide opportunity for all. Unlike its European predecessors, the United States was always meant to be a place where your standing in the world isn’t determined by who your parents are but rather by an unrelenting spirit.
The news is filled, every day, with talk of budget deficits, runaway government spending, and potential tax increases. What the media fails to report is that these budget crises are going to[…]
As any parent knows, every child learns in a way that’s tailored to his or her personality. That’s a fundamental reason all parents should have the right to choose the education of their child. Unfortunately, the current public school system is based on your street address instead of how your child learns.
Next year I would encourage more conservatives to attend this event. It is important to get the message out of limited government with less taxes, less spending, and less borrowing. This will create more freedom, liberty, and opportunity for all. I welcome the debate, even if I have to stand on a soapbox.
In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Heather Kays, managing editor of School Reform News speaks with Rebecca Sibilia. Sibilia is founder and CEO of EdBuild, a New Jersey based organization which aims to address problems with education funding across the country. Kays and Sibilia discuss funding inequities in public education.
On June 29, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against the Douglas County Choice Scholarship program by overturning a February 2013 Court of Appeals decision upholding the voucher program as constitutional. According to CSC’s decision, the Douglas County program violates Article IX, Section 7 of the Colorado Constitution
Many say school choice is a dangerous idea because it turns parents and students into customers and teachers into something like service providers. In my experience, the absence of school choice turns parents and students into captives with no ability to make decisions that would improve educational opportunities.
As we approach the birthday of the land of the free and the home of the brave, we have much to be thankful for. But this year we are especially grateful that the school choice movement has won many victories that embody our All-American values of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and equal opportunity for all.
On Monday, June 29th the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program as unconstitutional, preventing 500 students from having the chance to get out of failing and under-performing schools.
Dana Dusbiber, a high school English teacher, refuses to teach Shakespeare in her “very ethnically-diverse” classroom. Dusbiber wrote an editorial defending her decision, published in The Washington Post: I do[…]
In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Heather Kays, managing editor of School Reform News, speaks with Patrick Wolf. Wolf is a professor at the University of Arkansas. Kays and Wolf discuss school choice.
When the Nevada Education Savings Account (ESA) law passed last week, there were two main reactions: celebration from school choice advocates who marveled at the scope and positive potential of the law, and the anti-choice crowd’s outrage at an allegedly impending dismantling of traditional public schools.