American schools are all shook up

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Biden administration ‘had a plan’ for school re-opening; let’s review

On Sept. 1, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona claimed that the Biden administration had a plan to “focus on safely getting back to in-person learning” last year. On the same day, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that school re-openings were “the work of Democrats in spite of[Read More…]

The education choice movement must keep our options open

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Chicago teachers union strike shows why America needs school choice

On the night of Jan. 4, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted on a labor action that demanded that the city institute remote learning until Jan. 18. As Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot had already announced that no such transition to remote learning would take place, the union was effectively determining[Read More…]

National teacher union leader wants to have a different conversation. Me too.

Editor’s note: This commentary from Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill explores why education choice advocates are working hard to improve public education. The education news site, The 74, published an article recently on how the pandemic is impacting the education choice movement. The article quoted American Federation of[Read More…]

Corey DeAngelis: ‘We’re just getting started’

Longtime education choice advocate Corey DeAngelis, national director of research at the American Federation for Children and executive director at the Educational Freedom Institute, continued to champion the rights of families to make education choices for their children recently, speaking on behalf of the American Federation for Children at America[Read More…]

Education Freedom Pledge offers ray of hope for Nevada families

Editor’s note: Florida lawmakers who have signed the American Federation for Children’s Education Freedom Pledge include Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Rep. John Snyder and Rep. Alex Andrade. You might be asking yourself why, in a state like Nevada that remains among the lowest ranked[Read More…]

COVID cracked our education system; a new reform coalition must come together to fix it

Editor’s note: This commentary from Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell, appeared Thursday on The 74. Anyone who cares about kids must rejoice over their being back in school with their peers. But that should not blind us to the[Read More…]