Author: Keith Jacobs

Federal Charter Schools Program provides access, equity for all students

Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc., once said that “Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not a threat.” He understood that if a good or service does not innovate, it never adapts to the ever-changing needs of the consumer.  That principle applies[Read More…]

Centuries-old fight for equal education opportunity an ongoing struggle

“History will show that this is the downfall of public education.”  That was Florida Sen. Perry Thurston (D-Fort Lauderdale) last week, responding to legislation that would expand opportunities and provide flexibility for low-income families. Many opponents of school choice share his sentiments. It’s a misconception of choice used to deny[Read More…]

redefinED’s best of 2020: It’s time to take a stand on educational equity

Editor’s note: During the holiday season, redefinED is reprising the “best of the best” from our 2020 archives. This post originally published June 9. The debate surrounding Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter has been at the forefront of our national conscience for more than a decade. Those who[Read More…]

‘Social justice issue of our era’ front and center during pandemic

Middle class, suburban families,  once likely opponents of education choice, are now rallying behind the right to choose where to send their children to school.  All it took was a pandemic that suddenly limited their options. Since the spring, school districts across the nation grappling with COVID-19 have closed their[Read More…]

Education choice gives Black students a way out of ‘achievement gaps’ – and the systems that cause them

A recent article on The 74 noted the controversy over using the term “achievement gap” to describe learning disparities between Black and white students, with critics arguing that the education reform movement’s focus on “widespread, high-stakes standardized testing”  heightens racial stereotypes.    This is like blaming a thermometer for a[Read More…]

Education choice for all families is crucial as schools consider reopening plans

As a parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I know that the decision about re-opening public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic  could have a tremendous impact on the social-emotional health of my son, Deuce, 13, who thrives on structure. The switch to online learning in the spring was[Read More…]