Tag: New York school choice

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: A democrat dissembling and mathematics muddled

Cathy Nolan, New York State Assembly Instead a 75 percent tax credit for donations to fund scholarships for low- to middle-income students, Cathy Nolan, a New York State Assembly Democrat from Queens, proposes a small tax deduction on educational expenses. The value of the tax deduction would worth be around[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Parent empowerment, transparent transparency and sad, but happy birthdays

Gloria Romero   Gloria Romero, a former Democratic majority leader of the California Senate, helped pass a bill that required parents to be informed if their child attended a school in the bottom 10 percent of all public schools in California. If they did, the parents could stick around at[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Rules for thee but not for me; vouchers, charters and choice

Julian Vasquez Heilig, associate professor, University of Texas, Austin I am not sure whether Julian Vasquez Heilig wanted readers to laugh or cry when he published his latest brief on voucher research. Vasquez Heilig sets up his paper by describing the attitudes, beliefs and motivations of voucher supporters. So who[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…]

redefinED roundup: Charter schools and civil rights, debating the merits of charters, and can parents be trusted?

Alabama: Cameron Smith, vice president of the Alabama Policy Institute, shows readers the students who benefit from the Alabama Accountability Act (AL.com). Arizona: Gil Shapiro, a spokesman for FreeThought Arizona, says parents can’t be trusted to home-school or choose a good school for their child (Arizona Daily Star). Linda Thomas, a[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: school choice 60 years after Brown v. Board and more news

Arizona: Amy Silverman, a journalist at the Phoenix New Times, says charter schools lead to segregation for special needs students (note: the state has two private school scholarship programs for special needs students). California: All candidates seeking to fill a vacant school board seat in Los Angeles agree on the[Read More…]