Chris Stewart’s “radicalization” on education reform came after he was elected to the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education in 2007 and witnessed what he saw as countless systemic inequities plaguing low-income families of color. His recent report, The Secret Shame, How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to[Read More…]
2020 Presidential Election
National poll shows voter support for education choice continues to grow
A new poll from a national education choice advocacy group shows voter support for education choice remains strong, especially among minorities, millennials and Republicans. The American Federation for Children poll, in its sixth year, revealed overall support at 69 percent among likely 2020 general election voters. Support was strongest among Latinos[Read More…]
fact-checkED: Sanders’ education choice claims in Florida op-ed misleading
With the presidential primary election in delegate-rich Florida just two months away, Democratic candidates are beginning to knock on the door. In a Monday column in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders found little to like about Florida’s public education system. But our focus is on educational choice[Read More…]
Public support for education choice continues to surge as some presidential candidates swim upstream
While the reasons for Democratic presidential candidate and leading anti-charter stalwart Elizabeth Warren’s nearly 13-point polling plummet are multifaceted, a recent public confrontation with school choice supporters and the revelation that she sent her son to a $17,000-a-year private school likely contributed to the decline. Warren’s strong anti-school choice stance[Read More…]
The system is winning. For now.
Editor’s note: In this commentary, originally published Nov. 26 on Education Post, Chris Stewart shares his thoughts on Elizabeth Warren’s recent encounter with charter school supporters and expresses gratitude for those individuals who had the courage “to take their grievances directly to the source of political power that seeks to[Read More…]
Howard Fuller went down to Georgia looking for a party’s soul to heal
A recent protest of Elizabeth Warren’s education plan staged by a group of charter school parents at an event in Atlanta – which happened to include civil rights activist and education reform advocate Dr. Howard Fuller – resulted in a conversation between the senator and the parents that caused quite[Read More…]
What’s in a name?
Should we refer to our movement as “education choice” or “education freedom”? That’s a big discussion these days. Which would better rally our supporters? Which would encourage opponents to give this movement a second glance? Those are questions I was recently asked, and I fought the urge to say, “Who[Read More…]
The state of school choice in the U.S.
Charter schools and home schooling are experiencing major growth. Meanwhile, there were no significant differences between students in charter schools and traditional public schools in average reading and mathematics scores on national tests in 2017. Those are two of the key findings in the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) latest[Read More…]