Tag: D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Why curriculum matters for private schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from Ashley Berner, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, is the third of a four-part series that examines the importance of high-quality materials for state leaders, schools, and parents. Family background dictates[Read More…]

Status quo mentality antithetical to education equity

Editor’s note: As National School Choice Week winds down, Step Up For Students’ manager of charter school initiatives Keith Jacobs considers the challenge of achieving educational equity for all and the danger inherent in embracing the status quo. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sitting in his Birmingham jail cell in 1963, the[Read More…]

podcastED: an interview with education choice advocate Virginia Walden Ford

Editor’s note: For more than two decades, education choice advocate Virginia Walden Ford has tirelessly championed families and students living in lower-income neighborhoods to ensure that all children have the academic options they deserve. After growing up in Little Rock, Ark., during the battle for school integration, Walden Ford led[Read More…]

DC vouchers gain new momentum

The voucher program in the nation’s capital, though small, holds outsize symbolic importance, in part because it’s the only private school choice program directly overseen by Congress. While its future looked uncertain after it wasn’t renewed late last year, it seems to have picked up new momentum.  This week, in a letter to[Read More…]

President Obama should ‘get out of the way’ of D.C. voucher program

Kevin Chavous, a senior advisor to the American Federation for Children, criticizes President Obama in this recent Washington Post op-ed for not supporting the Washington D.C. voucher program and suggests a new approach for Term 2: I have long been a supporter of the president, and I continue to applaud many of[Read More…]

In Obama’s Term 2, a historic opportunity to expand parental school choice

President Obama has often called on us to be true to who we are as a people, as Americans. And in his second term, he has the opportunity to transform the education system back to our core – to where parents are primarily in charge of children’s educations. We have[Read More…]

Obama’s inconsistency on school choice

The Obama administration’s refusal to embrace parental choice in education is difficult to understand given its health care stance and the overall public policy direction that Democrats have advocated and embraced for decades. The most recent example is the controversy over the access to contraception under Obamacare. Initially, the administration[Read More…]