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School choice opponents are at it again. This time, their efforts are centered on Tennessee, whose House Finance Committee passed a bill to authorize a voucher program by a slim margin of 11-10 last week. The bill will go to a floor vote in the House of Representatives on Monday, February 8th. Despite the bill’s potential to create opportunity for those who need it most, it has faced much of the typical anti-voucher rhetoric, often grounded in false claims and scare tactics linked to money, race, and privatization.
Earlier this week, the Diocese of Burlington in Vermont announced plans to open St. Thérèse Digital Academy, an online Catholic high school. Online Catholic schools are almost unheard of, but this model is a promising new development for supporters of choice, fans of religious education, and most importantly, students and families in Vermont.
The number of charter schools, and of students attending charter schools, continues to grow across the United States, and in July my colleague Mike McShane and I released a paper that catalogued the different types of charter schools available in 17 different cities. But do some regions (as opposed to cities) have more specialized options than others, and are certain types of schools more common in certain areas?
If we want a healthy civil society, our systems of education must play a critical role. However, what matters even more is that a civil society approach requires all-hands-on-deck. Let’s face it: schools alone cannot, nor should we expect them to, bear the exclusive responsibility of educating children.
In 2000, Gallup found education to be voters’ top concern and NYT/CBS found it to rank fourth. After that, education’s prominence fell precipitously. Between 2004 and 2012, education ranked higher than 9th in just one poll, while finishing 9th in three polls, and 15th in two others.
Andrew Kelly makes a great point in the NY Times Room for Debate feature about “free” college. Let’s set aside for a moment that free college is actually a cost-shifting mechanism (from student to taxpayer) that does little to nudge institutions to increase the value that they deliver. There is a deep assumption, a flawed one, about the true obstacle to student success […]
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Occasional Republican denunciations of the Common Core and philosophy degrees aside, and despite sporadic Democratic paeans to free college and pre-K, it seems education has occupied only a very modest place so far in this election year. Why is education not drawing much attention? Two big forces are at work.
Is forcing teachers who are not union members to pay an agency fee good public policy for the teaching profession? While lawyers and parents were inside a warm Supreme Court chamber making their case to nine justices on Monday, hundreds of people braved the cold outside to make their case to the nation.