Tag: liberals and school choice

Mike McCurry: School choice centrism is antidote for broken politics

In an American political system ripped apart by partisanship, the school choice movement stands out as a rare example of centrism, former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry said Tuesday. But the movement can build even better bridges if it eases up on the name calling and finger pointing, he[Read More…]

Bias against for-profit education providers is off the mark

Ben Austin of Parent Revolution and Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute have been engaging in a civil dialogue on the merits of educators and parents being able to purchase instructional and management services from for-profit corporations. Austin opposes allowing parents and educators to have this option, while Hess[Read More…]

Mayor Cory Booker, school choice champ, will address Democrats in Florida

One of the national Democratic Party’s leading lights for expanding school choice, including private school vouchers and tax credit scholarships, will be the featured speaker Saturday at a local Democratic Party event in Tampa, Fla. Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be the keynote speaker at the Kennedy King Dinner, an annual event[Read More…]

‘The radical potential of school vouchers’

In this recent Los Angeles Times piece, education historian Jonathan Zimmerman (pictured here) credits Mitt Romney for offering a more ambitious education agenda than President Obama. The Republican’s voucher plan, which would let students use government funding to attend  either private schools or public schools in other districts, “would take on the true sacred cow in[Read More…]

KKK vouchers? Ethnic cleansing? All sides in education debate need a breather

Sad but true: The other day, one of Louisiana’s statewide teachers unions tweeted that the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the stand-up school choice group, supports “KKK vouchers.” It subsequently tweeted, “Tell everyone you know.” (Details here.) Even sadder but true: This wasn’t an isolated event. In recent months, critics[Read More…]

Lawmaker worries next Florida education commissioner will be voucher-friendly

Should Florida’s next education commissioner be committed to the success of all students, no matter what type of educational setting they’re in? Or to public school students first and foremost? State Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, believes it should be the latter. He issued a statement to that effect Friday, following[Read More…]

Democratic tensions over school choice, parent trigger in Charlotte

Like the Democratic Party platform on education, this is no surprise: Democratic tension over school choice and parental empowerment is on display at in Charlotte. But some of the developments and statements are still worth logging in. StudentsFirst co-sponsored a special screening of the new movie “Won’t Back Down” at the[Read More…]