Tag: Democrats and vouchers

Reporting on school choice lacks nuance, perspective

Politico has built an impressive audience by bringing intellectual heft to pinched political debates, but Stephanie Simon’s treatment of school vouchers followed a more predictable narrative: left vs. right, public vs. private, us vs. them. Not surprisingly, the result was tendentious. Though the original headline’s claim that vouchers offer “no[Read More…]

Key lawmaker says stars aligned for school choice push in Texas

School choice in Texas is getting a big push this year from a key lawmaker who has made it a top priority. “I’m the new chair of the Senate Education Committee and this is important to me,’’ state Sen. Dan Patrick, who has served on the committee for six years,[Read More…]

New Florida House speaker says school ‘choice’ subcommittee is about the educational future

A new Florida House subcommittee devoted to all things school choice does not necessarily signal major reforms in the upcoming legislative session, says incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford. The point, rather, is to keep choice in the debate. “I think choice has always been in the conversation,’’ Weatherford, who is scheduled to be voted in[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Election highlights, F-rated charter schools and more

Amendment 8 goes down. Coverage from Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Education Week, Associated Press. More money for schools. In Miami-Dade, voters approve a $1.2 billion bond referendum for public schools, the Miami Herald reports. In Pinellas, they again approve a property tax increase aimed mostly at boosting teacher pay, reports[Read More…]

Florida roundup: School choice Dems, $20 million contract dispute and more

School choice Democrat has edge in senate race. State Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, who supports vouchers and tax credit scholarships, appears poised to capture a state senate seat, reports the Sunshine State News. DOE ends contract. From the Associated Press: “Florida is terminating a $20 million contract to build a[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Broad Prize, Amendment 8, F-rated charter schools and more

More Broad Prize coverage. As we noted yesterday, the Miami-Dade school district won this year’s Broad Prize, which goes to the urban district with the most academic progress. More from the Orlando Sentinel, Christian Science Monitor, Associated Press, Education Week. The Palm Beach school district was a finalist, which is also[Read More…]