Tag: vouchers and accountability

Not from concentrate: No fresh thinking on vouchers here

Third Way promises fresh thinking, but that’s what seems to be missing in the centrist think tank’s recent rehash of familar talking points against school vouchers. Authors Tamara Hiler and Lanea Erikson Hatalsky argue against a federal policy supporting “taxpayer-funded scholarships that can be used by parents to send their children[Read More…]

School choice, accountability & the problem with sameness

Accountability in education has been a contentious issue for decades. Unfortunately, the word accountability is too often used to mean “sameness” rather than “to be held responsible for results.” The misuse of the term complicates school choice debates as both choice supporters and critics tend to forget the political and[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Vouchers and testing, rockets and ed reform, school choice and Ford Falcons & more

Vouchers and testing. A new report from the Fordham Institute finds that mandated testing – and even public reporting of test results – isn’t that big a concern for private schools worried about government regs tied to vouchers and tax credit scholarships. Coverage from redefinED, Choice Words, the Cato Institute’s[Read More…]

Most “voucher” schools not afraid of testing, report suggests

The Fordham Institute may be the closest thing to an honest academic broker in the contentious private school choice arena these days, and its latest report will no doubt enhance that reputation. “Red Tape or Red Herring?”, released today, provides strong evidence that private schools are not averse to academic[Read More…]

Bill would expand voucher program for students with disabilities

A bill filed in the Florida Legislature this week could give the families of disabled students quicker access to McKay Scholarships, state-funded vouchers for private schools, and likely result in an expansion of the $151 million program. Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Sen. Miguel  Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, nixes[Read More…]

Florida Catholic schools embrace Common Core, hope to take FCAT

Florida Catholic schools are embracing Common Core academic standards and seriously considering whether to take the coming state tests aligned to them. In the meantime, their leaders say, 30 to 40 Catholic schools want to administer the FCAT in 2014, in what would be a trial run for potential transition to Common Core[Read More…]