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School choice goes beyond partisanship
Posted on December 20, 2010 at 03:38 PM
For far too long, the important debate over whether we should provide private learning options for low-income schoolchildren has been a source of friction in education circles and partisan combat in political quarters. But when Oprah Winfrey spotlights the desperate needs of these children and some of the private schools that are turning around their lives, we can safely conclude this issue is now mainstream.
The impetus for Oprah’s involvement has been the documentary film, Waiting for Superman, which illustrates how some disadvantaged children in urban communities in New York, Washington and Los Angeles have found new hope in charter schools that are focusing specifically on their needs. What often gets missed in the talk over whether the film’s message is anti-public education, though, is the lineup of people who are advancing the cause.
Nevada's burgeoning voucher plan
Posted on December 17, 2010 at 06:47 PM
Because Nevada has some of the weakest school-choice laws in the country, here's a primer on vouchers: They let parents take some tax money the state would spend to educate their child at a public campus and spend it on private school tuition instead. In other parts of the country, vouchers have succeeded in giving parents education options they otherwise wouldn't have, and in holding failing public schools accountable for providing poor instruction.
Vouchers are one way of imposing competition on public-school monopolies -- a concept that's central to Mr. Sandoval's plans to reform and improve Nevada's public schools.
School Choice Push Extends Nationwide
Posted on December 17, 2010 at 06:43 PM
As Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Foundation of Educational Excellence, has explained, every study on school choice where random assignment is used has (save one, which showed no difference) shown student gains in achievement with voucher programs, which cost a fraction of public school spending per-pupil.
Meeks wants vouchers for 50,000 students
Posted on December 16, 2010 at 09:40 PM
Arguing that Chicago Public Schools are “broken’’ and that parents deserve a “choice,’’ mayoral challenger James Meeks said Wednesday he would offer $4,500-a-year vouchers to 50,000 low-and-middle-income Chicago families to use toward private school tuition.
“We have 47,000 students in magnet schools. We have 36,000 students in charter or contract schools. Why not give at least 50,000 students a choice to attend any school of their choosing while we’re fixing this broken educational system?” Meeks said.