Tag: RNC

Imagine an Arab Spring in public education

After spending time at the Republican convention in Tampa and the Democratic convention in Charlotte, I needed to decompress, so I headed to Montana where I am now sitting on a hill watching a herd of deer graze in the meadow below. These deer have no funny hats on their[Read More…]

redefinED on “The Daily Show”!

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook   National exposure! As I was covering education angles at the Republican National Convention last week, I got lassoed into a “Daily Show” bit about diversity in the Republican Party. That’s me, about[Read More…]

DNC 2012: Pro-school-choice Democrats have the momentum

After going 56 years without attending a national political convention, I’m headed to Charlotte for my second convention in a week. For school choice advocates, the Democratic National Convention will be a somewhat hostile environment, unlike last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, where all forms of school choice were[Read More…]

Vouchers at the RNC: ‘Because I had choice in my education, I was granted a better life’

To highlight the power of school choice, Jeb Bush, during his prime time slot at the Republican National Convention, turned the mic over to a former student from Miami. Frantz Placide, 24, calmly but directly told millions of viewers that a private school voucher program in Florida gave him the[Read More…]

Jeb Bush: Mitt Romney will be “a president who always puts students first”

Here is a transcript of Jeb Bush’s speech at the RNC tonight, according to prepared remarks. (He deviated from the script at the beginning to address this issue.) Jeb Bush: Welcome to Florida! Bienvenido a Florida! This election is about the future of this nation. We can shape that future with[Read More…]

Margaret Spellings: Obama has failed to lead on education

As the RNC wound down today, it took a sharp turn back towards partisanship in education reform, with former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings offering the week’s hardest knock on President Obama’s education record. Former President George W. Bush reached across the aisle to work with the late U.S. Sen.[Read More…]