2:21 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Writing in the Tennessean, a man named George Parker writes:
For many years I opposed school vouchers, also known as opportunity scholarships. Now I strongly support legislative efforts in Tennessee to give parents this powerful tool to improve their child’s education. I can no longer in good conscience stand with those who would rather see poor children remain trapped in inferior schools than support innovative ideas like opportunity scholarships that will offer some a way out.
Mr.Parker is no ordinary citizen or parent. The thumbnail bio at the end of his piece describes him as:
… a 30-year veteran math teacher of the Washington, D.C., public school system; a former president of the Washington Teachers Union
Parker writes that his:
... change of heart boiled down to this: I realized my opposition to opportunity scholarships was based on prioritizing adult interests above those of kids. As a former union leader, I made maintaining union influence and power a greater priority than meeting the educational needs of parents and students.
Pretty clear-cut. The union or the kids. The political class goes with the union since that’s where the money is.
Another federal education boondoggle?Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By MARY GRABAR
As the nation observed the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty in early January, the 2014 Georgia Family Engagement Conference here drew over 1,200 participants, up from 800 at the inaugural state conference in 2012. About a dozen states have held such confabs, pursuant to the “Parental Involvement” section of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, an arm of the War on Poverty that sends federal funds to low-income-area schools in hopes of “equalizing” so-called educational outcomes.
2:05 PM, Jan 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In school, the intense pressure to do well on tests creates a temptation to cheat. And in Philadelphia, it seems that teachers and their supervisors succumbed to it. As Stephanie Banchero of the Wall Street Journal writes:
9:01 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Missouri school district faces a $150,000 bill for Obamacare, according to a report on KMIZ-MO:
"The Affordable Care Act could cost the Jefferson City public schools more than a $150,000," said the news anchor.
"This came to light at last night's board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers," says the other anchor.
Misreading reading scores.
9:14 AM, Dec 3, 2013 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
We’re going to hear a lot in the coming days about how the “Chinese” education system is superior to America’s. That’s because the results of an international exam were released today, and American students fared predictably poorly. And it was “Asian nations [who] dominated the test,” reports the Associated Press. “The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China,” says the AP.
8:54 AM, Dec 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The educrats have decided that if students are to be taught about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, then it might be best to leave out any mention of that … well, that war that was being fought at around that same time.
12:15 PM, Nov 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There is widespread opposition to the latest federal initiative aimed at improving education in this country.
10:44 AM, Nov 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Elections, as we are too-often reminded, have consequences. You vote for someone who says that you can keep your health care plan and … er, bad example.
2:24 PM, Oct 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
An organization representing Louisiana parents shouldn't be allowed to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the state's school voucher program, the Department of Justice said in a response to a motion requesting legal intervention.
9:39 AM, Oct 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has spent about $3.7 trillion on welfare. Here's a chart, showing that spending versus transportation, education, and NASA spending:
Oct 14, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 06 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
It was almost sad last June when the Los Angeles Unified School District announced its intention to buy an iPad for every one of its more than 600,000 students in a deal valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The scheme carried more than a whiff of desperation—education bureaucrats overseeing a school district where fewer than half of enrolled students can read or do math at grade level evidently thinking (hoping? praying?) that a technological deus ex machina would save the day.
The increasingly imperious Arne Duncan.Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By FREDERICK M. HESS AND MAX EDEN
In the early days of the Obama administration, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was the bipartisan superstar. At Duncan’s confirmation hearing, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told him, “President-elect Obama has made several distinguished cabinet appointments, but in my view of it all, I think you are the best.”
2:57 PM, Sep 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bobby Jindal is outraged over a Department of Justice lawsuit against a Louisiana school voucher program. The suit, which he (repeatedly) calls “cynical, immoral, and hypocritical” and the “worst misuse” of federal desegregation laws, aims to stop a program that allows poor students in failing schools to enter a lottery for a voucher to attend a better school.