Tag: parental choice

redefinED blog stars: The problem with vouchers, with teacher tantrums, with Parents Across America and more

Editor’s note: Here’s our latest round-up of interesting stuff from other ed blogs. Rick Hess Straight Up: Self-Pitying Tantrums Are Poor Way for Educators to Win Friends, Influence People Fact 1: Teachers feel like they’re getting a bad rap in the public discourse. Fact 2: I’ve long since stopped reading the comments[Read More…]

Zelman’s significance grows as school choice battles rage on

Editor’s note: This is the second of two posts we’re running this week to commemorate the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris. As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the landmark Zelman Supreme Court case, its implications are widely visible in the expansion of voucher programs, such[Read More…]

Zelman was a step forward; now empower all parents to choose

Editor’s note: This is the first of two post we’re running this week to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the monumental U.S. Supreme Court decision in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, which upheld the constitutionality of the voucher program in Cleveland, Ohio and kicked open the doors for expanded school choice nationwide.[Read More…]

The daunting details of Romney’s school choice plan

Gov. Romney gave a speech last month to a Hispanic audience calling for more school choice for parents. He promised, if elected president, to provide all children from low-income families and all special needs children with choice in a broad range of public and (where legal) private schools. This is a promise[Read More…]

Testing makes McKay Scholarships accountable to parents

by Allison Hertog In Robyn Rennick’s post on Florida’s McKay Scholarships for Students With Disabilities last week, she argued that standardized testing measures are “inappropriate,” even “cruel,” for disabled children due to their diverse levels of achievement and in some cases immeasurable levels of progress. But this assumes that standardized testing is a “one size[Read More…]

Parents will continue to be the driving force behind Florida charter schools

by Lynn Norman-Teck Many factors have helped nourish and grow the charter school movement. There are forward-thinking legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, who worked together to approve legislation that supported parental choice. There are governors who made quality education a priority of their administrations. There are thousands of teachers and[Read More…]

Florida may need more private school options for working-class families

Step Up For Students (SUFS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help low-income parents access the schools that best meet their children’s needs. We do this, in part, by providing tax-credit funded scholarships to low-income families to help them pay the tuition and fees at qualified private schools.[Read More…]