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"After Lengthy Court Battle, Colorado School Board Votes to End Contested Voucher Program" from The 74

on Wednesday, 06 December 2017.

The Douglas County, Colorado school board voted last night to end the district’s controversial voucher program in a highly anticipated, yet closely-watched move.

In a race that received national attention for its potential implications for voucher programs around the country, voters in November elected four anti-voucher school board candidates, who joined three like-minded members on the board.

In the runup to the election, the American Federation of Teachers spent $300,000 to support anti-voucher candidates, and Republican donors contributed heavily to their opponents, the Denver Post reported.

Continue reading "After Lengthy Court Battle, Colorado School Board Votes to End Contested Voucher Program" from The 74.

"After Lengthy Court Battle, Colorado School Board Votes to End Contested Voucher Program" from The 74

on Wednesday, 06 December 2017.

The Douglas County, Colorado school board voted last night to end the district’s controversial voucher program in a highly anticipated, yet closely-watched move.

In a race that received national attention for its potential implications for voucher programs around the country, voters in November elected four anti-voucher school board candidates, who joined three like-minded members on the board.

In the runup to the election, the American Federation of Teachers spent $300,000 to support anti-voucher candidates, and Republican donors contributed heavily to their opponents, the Denver Post reported.

Continue reading "After Lengthy Court Battle, Colorado School Board Votes to End Contested Voucher Program" from The 74.

"School Choice Creates Challenges for Parents. What Are Cities Doing to Help?" From Education Week

on Wednesday, 29 November 2017.

School choice has created unique challenges for cities—especially when it comes to making sure parents can navigate all the school options before them. 

Civic and community leaders across the country have been experimenting with solutions to help ease the process parents must face when applying and enrolling their children in cities with lots of public schooling choices. Indianapolis is the latest city to launch a single application and enrollment system for all of its district, magnet, and charter schools.

Continue reading "School Choice Creates Challenges for Parents. What Are Cities Doing to Help?" From Education Week

"Parents – Not Economists – Know Best" From RealClearEducation

on Thursday, 09 November 2017.

A team of economists from elite universities recently published a study suggesting that parents can’t truly assess school quality. Profiling the paper, The Atlantic notes that “if these results hold up under scrutiny by other economists … they could prove problematic for school-choice advocates.” But fortunately for them, this study merely shows that professors are far more ignorant than parents.

The study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, examines the preferences revealed by families’ choices when applying to New York City high schools. The authors found that families can identify and select quality schools that drive better outcomes for their children. So how is this happy story evidence of failure?

Continue reading "Parents – Not Economists – Know Best" From RealClearEducation

"The ‘A‘ Word: Accountability — The Dirty Word of Today’s Education Reform" from The 74

on Monday, 30 October 2017.

Accountability. On its surface, the word simply means a willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions. Accountability as applied to schools, however, has become so twisted and polarizing that it is now the equivalent of a dirty word. To mention it is to risk being met with stern, disapproving looks and accusations of being anti-teacher and a corporate raider looking to profit off the backs of kids. What? How did we get here?

As with all polarizing issues, the truth is much more nuanced and requires us to look beyond the sound bites. The “A” Word seeks to do that through conversations with recognized education leaders.

Continue reading "The ‘A‘ Word: Accountability — The Dirty Word of Today’s Education Reform" from The 74.