Tag: progressives and vouchers

School choice in sync with Democratic values, but not Democratic leadership

Vouchers and tax credit scholarships are in line with Democratic Party support for social justice and equal opportunity, says Florida state Rep. John Patrick Julien, D-North Miami. And yet, he says, Democratic lawmakers in Florida who support those options risk getting “whipped” by party leaders who don’t. He says he’s a perfect[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…]

Michelle Rhee skeptical of Romney school voucher plan

Fresh from Sean Cavanagh at Education Week, after interviewing Michelle Rhee at the DNC: Rhee was skeptical of Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s proposal to allow parents to use federal Title I and special-education money for private school vouchers. While Rhee backs vouchers for impoverished students in academically struggling schools, she said[Read More…]

Florida teachers union is still the big dog in campaign contributions

While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will no doubt continue to reshape the campaign finance landscape, a Wall Street Journal report today is a reminder that teacher unions remain very active players. Using information from both U.S. Labor Department and Federal Election Commission reports,[Read More…]