Tag: School Choice

Betsy DeVos Is Failing Public Education

Betsy DeVos is nothing if not controversial. Traditionalists oppose her staunch support of school choice; reformers are skeptical of her inability to defend it. For once, thought leaders from each side of these sparring factions agree on something — Betsy DeVos is fundamentally unqualified to lead the U.S. Department of Education. During her confirmation hearing, DeVos botched a softball question…

Education Reform Isn’t A 4-Letter Word

If you didn’t know any better, you might think there’s a civil war brewing right now in school systems across the country. It’s called education reform. Education reformers support school choice initiatives and accountability for public schools. Reformers are passionate about closing achievement gaps and building better public schools, but don’t necessarily believe that the conventional methods of education are…

Hey NBC, Here’s ‘The Rest Of The Story’ On Charter Schools

Paul Harvey was a well-known radio broadcaster with the ABC Radio Networks. Toward the end of World War II, Harvey began incorporating a series of bits called “The Rest Of The Story” in his broadcasts. Harvey would introduce a different topic in each bit, spicing up each story with quirky narration and little-known facts. He would close each show with…

If You Really Want Your Traditional Schools Regulated Like Charters, Be Careful What You Wish For

We just finished up the last week of this year’s Kentucky General Assembly, and if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: “Why can’t we just give all schools the same flexibility charter schools get?” I think this is a very good question, especially here in Kentucky, where we still have yet to see charter schools implemented.…

Stop Talking About Charter Schools and Focus on What’s Really Causing Segregation

A recent report from The Associated Press has been turning heads about the link between charter schools and segregation. According to the report, “charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated…an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.” This is not the first time that charter schools have weathered such accusations,…

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