Tag: Missouri school choice

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Humorous headlines, school choice helps desegregate schools in MO

Headline writers Sometimes the headlines don’t match the story. Accidents or click bait? Either way, these headline writers need improvement. Salon: “Reform makes broken New Orleans schools worse.” Writer Jennifer Berkshire, better known as EduShyster, is a school choice and education reform critic. Reform can be messy. It isn’t perfect. Berkshire’s moniker tells[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Is it 1952 in St. Louis?

Rex Sinquefield and the Children’s Education Alliance Progressives in Missouri criticized Rex Sinquefield for conspiracy theories about public schools, spending millions on campaigns supporting private school choice and for donations to ALEC, but they remain oddly silent about the way he, and the organizations he backs, are spending money right[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: MO vouchers needed, comic strips and charter schools and how not to do diversity

Des Moines Independent Community School District School districts aren’t allowed to base enrollment policies on race anymore. So, to achieve “racial balance,” the Des Moines Independent Community School District’s diversity plan allows it to base admissions and enrollment decisions on socioeconomic status. The district looks at whether students are eligible[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…]

redefinED roundup: de Blasio to the rescue? Vouchers increase property values and more news

Alabama: Judge Gene Reese issues a stay on his own injunction against the Alabama Accountability Act school choice program (AL.com, Montgomery Advertiser, redefinED, American Federation for Children). The decision to lift the injunction takes uncertainty away from low-income families (AL.com). Jeff Reed, public relations director for the Friedman Foundation, says[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Catholics push for school choice, education races in ME and SC and more news

Alabama: Scott Beaulier, chair of the Economics and Finance Division at Troy University, says there is a large body of evidence supporting vouchers but the U.S. Department of Justice and others keep getting in the way (AL.com). The Alabama Education Association spent $7 million to defeat school choice and education reform[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Scholarships under legal attack in FL and AL, Catholics rally for choice in NY & more

Alabama: A state judge struck down the tax credit scholarship program on procedural grounds while ignoring the teacher union claims that the program violated separation of church and state (Montgomery Advertiser, Education Week, AL.com, WAFF, Watchdog). Lawyers for the state and parents file a motion to lift the injunction against the[Read More…]