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Scott Walker and the case for school choice
Posted on January 04, 2011 at 07:50 PM
This isn’t about the merits of poor parents. Whatever life choices led to them being poor are beside the point; what matters is that they’re now looking for something better for their children. Choice enables initiative, and in the end, by improving education for any willing families now – rather than telling them to stay put in districts that may improve some day, once we find the silver bullet – it means fewer future Wisconsin adults prone to the indignity of dependence on public help.
School choice and special education
Posted on January 03, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Governor-elect Scott Walker says he wants to expand school choice – the ability of parents, especially poor ones, to take their state school aid to private schools – beyond Milwaukee. Inevitably, the critics of choice will say that private schools have an unfair advantage, in that they can pick and choose their students.
This is, simply put, a falsehood. State law explicitly bars private schools from screening students in the choice program for ability – if they have room, they must take all children whose family incomes make them eligible.
Daniels Puts Hoosier State on School Choice Map
Posted on January 03, 2011 at 06:50 PM
For Indiana families, 2011 is already promising to be an exciting year for educational opportunity. Governor Mitch Daniels recently told the Courier-Journal that he will push to enact an education voucher program for low-income students, which would provide them with scholarships to attend a private school of their choice.
Cleveland Voucher Program reaches 15-year milestone
Posted on December 28, 2010 at 08:22 PM
The Cleveland Scholarship Program is reporting 5,238 scholarships in use for 2010-11 – the 15th year that families have been able to use the program to find a better school for their children. But despite all the good the program has done for parents, it is apparent that the Cleveland Scholarship Program — one of the oldest voucher programs in the nation — needs a thorough overhaul as soon as possible.