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An Unfortunate Commentary on Charter Schools

As the editorial boards of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal have ably pointed out, the anti-charter resolution adopted this past weekend by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People represents an unfortunate commentary for inner city communities longing for better schools.  Why put up the roadblocks?  Why stifle … Continue Reading

School Choice on Agenda for House Committee on Education and the Workforce

School Choice will be on the front burner on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce holds a hearing (“Expanding Educational Opportunity Through School Choice”) at 10:00 AM in Room HVC-210 of the Capitol Visitors Center.   Witnesses are yet to be announced.  Stay tuned for updates as available. … Continue Reading

House and Senate Hearings Set For Next Week on Schools, Workplace, and NCLB Waivers

Next week the House Education and Workforce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold hearings on February 5 (Tuesday) and 7 (Thursday) respectively.  Ed and Workforce meets at 10:00 a.m. on the fifth in Room 2175 to consider training and workforce issues, federal actions that impede job growth, K-12 education reform … Continue Reading

Congratulations to Nina Rees, the New CEO for NAPCS

The National Association for Public Charter Schools announced its new chief executive officer last week–our former U.S. Department of Education colleague, Nina Rees.  Nina is an excellent choice, and was an admired senior official at the Department when she served as the first Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement from 2002-2006.  Nina comes to … Continue Reading

Arizona’s Tuition Tax Credit Withstands Challenge

In the latest challenge to Arizona’s tuition tax credit program (Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn.pdf) taxpayers sued Arizona claiming the state’s tuition tax credit program was unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause.  Under the program, one can receive a state income tax credit for contributions to school tuition organizations.  School tuition organizations, in turn, … Continue Reading

School Choice Updates: East Coast, West Coast

On January 26, 2011, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) introduced H.R. 471.pdf and S. 206.pdf, respectively, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act (SOAR Act).pdf (summary), to renew the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, which expired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.  The renewed program would provide scholarships of up … Continue Reading

Another Take on Freedom (Or The Lack Thereof): “The Lottery” and Charter Schools in New York City

For those who follow education reform, consider going to see “The Lottery,” the new documentary about the challenges charter schools face from entrenched interests in New York City.  Though I have not yet seen the film (opening June 8, 2010 in New York City and June 25, 2010 in Washington, DC ), Bari Weiss, in … Continue Reading