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.
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:
10:06 AM, Sep 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Michigan school district has cut the hours of 15 employees due to Obamacare, according to a local report:
10:48 AM, Aug 14, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama does not approve of the American Founders’ notion that Congress’s role is to pass laws, and the president’s role is to execute them.
5:20 PM, Jun 11, 2013 • By CHESTER E. FINN JR. and MICHAEL J. PETRILLI
For nearly 30 years—at least since Bill Bennett’s tenure as secretary of education and Lamar Alexander’s as governor of Tennessee—education-minded conservatives at both national and state levels have embraced a two-part school reform strategy, focused equally on rigorous standards and parental choice. Recent events have frayed that coalition, but it’s not too late to stitch it back together.
3:31 PM, Apr 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Louisiana high school is in "chaos" after 57 teachers skipped school to protest the governor in Baton Rouge. The problem is that there were not enough substitute teachers to replace those who decided to protest the Republican governor, Bobby Jindal.
"Operations at Lafayette High School were thrown into 'chaos' on Wednesday after 57 teachers were absent, said Lafayette Parish Superintendent Pat Cooper," reports theadvertiser.com.
"Cooper said the majority of those teachers attended a rally of educators at the state capitol in Baton Rouge.
12:01 PM, Jan 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama will put more "counselors" in school to help thwart gun violence. According to a background briefer provided by the White House, Obama hopes to add an additional 1,000 "school resource officers and counselors."
From the White House's document:
4:58 PM, Dec 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.
"You proposed armed guards in school. We'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. Is that a meaningful contribution, Mr. LaPierre, or a dodge?," asked Gregory.
11:54 AM, Sep 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Criticism is mounting over First Lady Michelle Obama's lunch plan, as kids are complaining they aren't getting enough to feel full after eating.
7:06 AM, Sep 19, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The teachers, if you ask them, resisted the fearful boot of repression and struck a blow for worker's rights:
10:42 AM, Sep 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The school attended by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's children remains open, even though public school teachers are striking in Chicago resulting in school closures across the city.
2:24 PM, Feb 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. The target of the protest? “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother’s home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets,” a press release announcing today’s event read.
11:15 AM, Nov 1, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Those on the left are wont to complain that government employees are under assualt these days because GOP politicians are going after public sector unions and generous deals they've leveraged through collective bargaining. The standard defense of civil service workers is, yes, they might have good benefits and more job stability but these things are necessary because public sector workers earn significantly less than private sector counterparts.