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Chicago Teachers Union president explains how to inject politics into math

Posted on Mar. 21, 14 | 02:44 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: School Choice
(H/T Education Action Group)
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The Machine: The Truth Behind Teachers Union

Posted on Sep. 05, 12 | 08:22 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: School Choice
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School Choice on Its Way to North Carolina

Posted on Jun. 21, 11 | 01:44 PM by Ariel Judah | Topic: School Choice
The Foundry reports:

Add North Carolina to the list of states making monumental moves forward on school choice.

In the last two weeks, legislators in the Tarheel State have advanced two policies to expand educational options for the state’s students. The first lifts the state’s cap on charter schools, currently limited to100. The second puts into place a tax credit scholarship program to give special-needs students the opportunity to attend a private school of their choice. While the first bill has made it past the governor’s desk, the second awaits final approval.

Support for lifting the charter caps is “a significant victory,” asserts state Senator Richard Stevens (R), considering that “a year ago, charter advocates could not get a law adding six new schools.” The new law will broaden educational options for students, a much-needed reform, as “the state’s best charters have waiting lists” and “charter supporters…[report that] parents unhappy with traditional public schools are clamoring for more choices.”
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House Passes DC School Choice Bill

Posted on Mar. 31, 11 | 09:01 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: School Choice
The vote was 225-195.  It was largely a party line vote, but Dan Lipinski (IL-03) was the only Democrat to support it.  Here are the nine Republicans who opposed it (freshmen in italics):

Biggert (IL-13)
Dold (IL-10)
Graves, S. (MO-06)
Griffith (VA-09)
Johnson, Timothy (IL-15)
LoBiondo (NJ-02)
Paul, Ron (TX-14)
Reichert (WA-08)
Simpson, M. (ID-02)
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Unions Say Teachers' Ratings Are Confusing

Posted on Oct. 25, 10 | 11:35 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: School Choice
The teachers union in New York doesn't want the state government to release its ratings of its teachers.  From the New York Post:

Parents just won't understand!

That's one of the main arguments in a lawsuit the teachers union filed yesterday seeking to block the Department of Education from going public with its ratings of 12,000 teachers.

The United Federation of Teachers' filing in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday, prompted by a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Post in August, argues the data is inaccurate and misleading -- but moreover too complicated for parents to grasp.

The DOE was ready to provide the data Wednesday -- including names and percentile rankings of teachers on a scale of 0 to 100 -- but agreed to hold off until the court hearings are conducted on Nov. 24.
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Obama's "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" Moment in Education

Posted on Oct. 01, 10 | 12:23 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: School Choice
Club board member Ken Blackwell has a new op-ed in today's Washington Examiner.  Excerpt:

President Jimmy Carter and his wife did find a good public school in Washington to send their daughter to. But now, the Obamas have rejected that option. While his administration shuts the door to excellence for thousands in the District--and nationwide--the President and Mrs. Obama conveniently skip out.

I don't criticize Barack and Michelle Obama for choosing a safe and effective school for their beloved daughters. The parental choice movement affirms the right of parents to make the best choice for their children.

What I criticize is the "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy that characterizes liberal approaches to education. President Obama and the liberal majorities in both houses of Congress are entirely beholden to the liberal leadership of the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
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Ken Blackwell: Does Obama Believe All Students Are Created Equal?

Posted on Jun. 04, 10 | 10:37 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: School Choice
Club for Growth board member Ken Blackwell has a new piece in the Washington Examiner about the Obama Administration's questionable treatment of student loan applications.  Excerpt:

So far, politically-appointed officials at the U.S. Department of Education appear to be leaning toward favoring students who attend traditional public and non-profit colleges and universities.

They are striving to make a case for limiting loans to students who attend private-sector schools – those schools that are run like a business, compete in the post-secondary education marketplace, and make a profit.

A college or university that primarily serves working-class adults is, apparently, somehow illegitimate to these liberals. Their criticism of these schools, and therefore of the students who attend them, is weak at best, leading me to believe that the foundation of the Obama appointee’s bias is elitism, not concern for federal student loan programs.
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