Editor’s note: redefinED guest blogger Jonathan Butcher wrote this commentary for Fox News Network and offered it to redefinED for republication. Parents looking for a national consensus on whether schools should open in the fall won’t find one. But that’s okay. We don’t need one. As soon as President Trump[Read More…]
The term “for-profit” has been weaponized in public education by teachers unions and their tribal allies. They wield it against education improvement initiatives they oppose, especially education choice programs not covered by collective bargaining agreements. (Choice programs not operating under collective bargaining, such as Florida’s Voluntary PreK program, are not[Read More…]
The confirmation battle over Betsy DeVos eroded middle ground over school choice, but Democratic infighting over school choice goes back to the Jimmy Carter era. He supported school vouchers before teacher unions began to flex their political muscle.
This is the latest post in our series of the center-left roots of school choice. Much of the opposition to private school choice seems to emanate from the Democratic Party, but this wasn’t always the case. Just look at the party platforms. From the 1964 to 1984, the Democrat Party[Read More…]
This post first appeared on the Friedman Foundation blog. Social movements such as women’s suffrage, black civil rights, and parental choice in education involve the redistribution of social, political, and economic power. Because few groups in control of that power at the time are enlightened enough to share it voluntarily,[Read More…]
We all have private interests. People pursuing their private interests – individually or as a group – is what drives progress and innovation. But our private interests should never trump the common good. Private interests usurping the public good is privatization. Privatization is bad. It undermines democracy and progress. Encouraging[Read More…]
Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final post in a series on the future of teachers unions. Over the last 20 years, the federal government and state governments have used standards, assessments and regulatory accountability to assert more top-down control over classroom teachers. As state-mandated teacher evaluation and merit pay[Read More…]
Editor’s note: This is the third of four guest posts on the future of teachers unions. by Gary Beckner We are at a critical crossroads on the path to education reform in America. Stakeholders from all walks of life and political stripes are beginning to understand that in order to compete[Read More…]