Tag: Democrats and school choice

Poll shows increase in number of likely voters who support education choice

A national poll conducted by the American Federation for Children shows that support for school choice stands at 67 percent, a 4 percentage-point increase from a year ago. The poll surveyed 1,200 likely November 2020 voters to determine general support and opposition, posing the question, “Generally speaking, would you say[Read More…]

Va. governor vetoes school choice bills

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a trio of school choice bills this week —including one establishing education savings accounts (ESAs) for students with special needs. The vetoes came just a month after McAuliffe vetoed a pair of bills allowing home education students to participate in public school sports. The education savings accounts could have been the[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: School pride and schools vs. education

Jonathan Chait Hillary Clinton’s campaign for presidency has begun and the pro– and con– sides of school choice using her campaign announcement video to advance their arguments. Jonathan Chait delivers a real gut punch to his fellow liberals who oppose charter schools or remain romantically attached to a neighborhood-based system of school assignment.[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Students vs the Status Quo

National Coalition for Public Education The Federal Title I program provides funds to school districts in order to improve the education of economically disadvantaged students in grades K-12. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) wants to amend Title I funding so that the money is “portable,” allowing the funds to follow low-income[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: MO limits school choice, Dems supporting vouchers, Reps opposing vouchers

Missouri Board of Education The Missouri State Board of Education took steps this week to curtail public school transfers between school districts. State law currently allows students in failing public school districts (read unaccredited districts) to transfer to higher-performing districts. Receiving districts were required to accept all students, and sending[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Clueless in St. Louis, EPI ignores data, and are tax-credits tax dollars collected?

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat and school board member from University City, Mo., supports allowing students in unaccredited public school districts (low-performing) to receive vouchers to attend private, non-religious schools. When she questioned the fairness of forcing parents to pay taxes to fund public schools[Read More…]

Breaking from the herd on charter schools

Not surprisingly, leaders from some of Florida’s largest school districts lined up last week against a proposed state House bill that would make it easier for charter schools to open. What was unexpected, though, was one superintendent breaking from the herd. Broward County’s Robert Runcie not only supported the measure,[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Vouchers, charter schools, tech ed & more

Vouchers: Three weeks after Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford promised a “massive increase” in school choice scholarships for underprivileged schoolchildren, his chamber releases a 40-page bill. redefinED. The proposal is expected to be one of the most-contentious education battles of the 2014 legislative session. The News Service of Florida. More from CBS Miami. Charter schools:[Read More…]